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Many-Headed Slime
Physarum polycephalum


Physarum polycephalum is a plasmodial slime mold.  It is a single, giant cell with many nuclei.  Like an amoeba, Physarum moves by causing the "back" part of the cell to flow into a pseudopod at the "front".  I often find this slime mold in the wood pile after rainy weather.

Many-Headed Slime, Physarum polycephalum   The slime mold glued boards together, and was torn when  two boards were separated.










Many-Headed Slime, Physarum polycephalum   Here we can see the fiber-like structure of the  plasmodium (body of the slime mold).










Many-Headed Slime, Physarum polycephalum   This shows the details of a pseudopod.










Many-Headed Slime, Physarum polycephalum   Here is a close up of  the plasmodium.










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