Stephenson, Steven L. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- Plasmodial slime molds
- Cellular slime molds
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Eukaryotic, spore-producing, funguslike organisms that feed primarily upon bacteria and other microorganisms in terrestrial habitats throughout the world. Although formerly classified as fungi, the slime molds are not true fungi, and they actually have more in common with the paramecium or ameba that can be observed in a drop of pond water than they do with the true fungi. However, slime molds are invariably studied by mycologists (scientists who study fungi). The plasmodial slime molds (also known as myxomycetes or myxogastrids) are the largest and best known of the slime molds, being observable directly in nature. The cellular slime molds (also known as dictyostelids) are less familiar organisms, only rarely observed under field conditions. Consequently, they must be grown under controlled laboratory conditions in order to be studied. Although “slime mold” is not a particularly attractive common name, these organisms exhibit incredibly diverse forms and colors, and some of the fruiting bodies that they produce are objects of considerable beauty. See also: Ameba; Eukaryotae; Eumycetozoida; Fungal ecology; Fungi; Mycology; Myxomycota; Protozoa
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