Slime mould spore, SEM

Slime mould spore, SEM

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Caption: Slime mould spore. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an empty spore of a Lycogala sp. slime mould. The single-celled myxamoeba it produced (not seen) is a free-living amoeba-like stage that is haploid (has one set of chromosomes). Pairs of myxamoebae fuse and grow into a plasmodium, a single, multinucleated cell that can grow to be centimetres across. The plasmodium is slimy and often colourful. It can move slowly, feeding on bacteria and fungi, before producing mushroom-like fruiting bodies that release spores. Slime moulds are not fungi, but are classified as a separate group. Magnification: x6000 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: coloured, empty, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, germinated, lycogala sp., meiospore, mold, mould, mouldy, mycetozoa, mycology, myxomycete, myxomycota, nature, naturemycology, plasmodial, reproduction, reproductive cell, scanning electron micrograph, sem, slime mould, spent, spore, sporulation

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