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Slime mould amoeba phase. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a slime mould (Lycogala sp.) myxamoeba. This is a free-living, single-celled phase in the organism's life-cycle. It arises from a spore. It 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: x6500 at 6x6cm size.
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