Monday 16 August 2010

Slime Mould

I don't want to put anyone off their lunch, but this stuff is really quite exciting. I saw this delightful specimen near Sgarbh Dubh in the north of Islay.

Although fungus like, slime moulds are no longer considered a true fungus; in fact they share some of the characteristics of protozoa, a group of animals of the simplest type, each consisting of a single cell. They use spores to reproduce and they feed on micro-organisms that live in any type of dead plant material. That's about all I want to say about slime mould, but in case you're really getting into this subject, check out for more fascinating information.


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