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Slime mould spores, SEM

Slime mould spores, SEM

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Caption

Slime mould spores. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of spores (orange) of the slime mould Metatrichia floriformis. The surface of the spores is spiny (echinulate). The spores are associated with a mass of thread-like structures (grey), collectively known as the capillitium. Changing moisture levels cause the threads to move with a wriggling action; this flicks the spores away, helping to disperse them. Slime moulds are not fungi, but a separate group with a variety of complex life cycles. Magnification: x1000 at 6x6cm size.

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