Elaeomyxa cerifera

Sarah Lloyd has done a lot of work studying slime moulds, including this one. In real life they look like this. At least when photograped up close, they are tiny, as shown here.

Even though many look like it, slime moulds are not fungi. They are made by a type of single-celled orginisms called protists bunching together. Slime moulds can move and consume other bacteria and other tiny particles of organic matter.

Fiore-Donno and colleagues did a lot of work classifying different kinds of slime moulds, including Elaeomyxa certifera. 

 

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Sarah Lloyds website: https://sarahlloydmyxos.wordpress.com/ last accessed 6. february 2021

Photo credit: Alain Michaud http://slimemold.uark.edu/NameImages/Elaeomyxacerifera20041003photoMM.jpg

Decoding Science “The Blob Attacks: Gooey Slime Mold is an Example of Leaderless Motion” last accessed 6. february 2021

Fiore-Donno, Kamono, Meyer, Schnittler, Fukui, and Cavalier-Smith(2012). 18S rDNA phylogeny of lamproderma and allied genera (Stemonitales, Myxomycetes, Amoebozoa) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0035359