The wonder of nature

AncientSnapper

Reading, United Kingdom

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This is the fruiting bodies of a Slime Mould. They are fascinating organisms which exhibit characteristics of both animals and fungi, and are now believed to be the most important rotifers in the soil. In their feeding stage, they move about as a mass of protoplasm (plasmodium) devouring bacteria, spores and other organic matter. Research has discovered that the largest living entity is a slime mould measuring many miles across, the individual ‘amoebae’ live as a multi-cellular mass communicating by chemical signals. They are classified in a separate Kingdom – the Protoctista.

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  • Steve Axford
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