Spore tower of slime mould, Dictyostelium

Spore tower of slime mould, Dictyostelium

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of an individual mature spore tower of the slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum, showing the mass of spores over the head of the tower. Slime moulds are a curious division of plants with many of the characteristics of animals. They consist of a slow- moving mass of amoeboid protoplasm, which engulfs particles of solid food which it encounters. Reproduction is through spores shed from the spore tower, which is produced by a vegetative body called the plasmodium. The majority of slime moulds are saprophytes, feeding on dead or decaying organic matter. Magnification: X 1000 at 10x8 size.

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Keywords: dictyostelium discoideum, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, mold, mould, mouldy, mycology, nature, naturemycology, scanning electron micrograph, sem, slime mould, spores

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