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Unformatted text preview: morphology. At some stages in their life cycle, they show clearly protozoan characteristics, but at other stages they become almost fungus-like. Slime molds fall into two distinct groups that are not closely related: the cellular slime molds and the true, or acellular, slime molds. A distinguishing morphological difference between the two groups is the vegetative state of cellular slime molds in a haploid amebiod cell, whereas the vegetative state of acellular slime molds is a multinucleate diploid ameboid mass called a plasmodium. Both groups grow in moist soil or decaying plant matter and are white, yellow, or red in color....
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