Unformatted text preview: Fungi ‐ Like Protista Slime molds The Kingdom Protista was established in the 1860s as a place for the slime molds that are plant-like in forming spores in multinucleate, erect, sporangia and having cellulose in their cell walls, animal- like in having an amoeboid stage in their life cycle during which they creep about ingesting their food, and fungal-like in general appearance and habits. Like fungi these slime molds grow in damp, organic-rich sites. Rotting logs or decaying plants on the forest floor are favorite habitats. Their amoeboid form is frequently a brightly colored orange or yellow blob of viscous, slippery protoplasm that streams slowly into a network of branching, anastomosing projections that move the whole mass forward. This is the feeding stage and bacteria, yeasts, fungi, or bits of vegetation are incorporated into the mass as it moves. Two principal groups yeasts, fungi, or bits of vegetation are incorporated into the mass as it moves....
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- Fall '08
- Fungi, slime molds, Cellular slime molds, Myxomycota, pseudoplasmodium., Labyrinthulomycota