Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description of Myxogastria

The dominant trophic form is the plasmodium or the slime stage, plasmodia may be found on moist logs in woods, on leaf litter, or even the moist bark of living trees and vines; plasmodia may be coloured red, orange, white, violet, or almost black, but most are yellowish; can be induced to produce dried sclerotia which may be reactivated by wetting and placing them in a moist chamber and feeding them; spores are haploid, range in size from about 5 to 20 µm, but most are about 10 µm in diameter; when water is present, they germinate, releasing protoplasts which may develop into either a amoeba or a amoebo-flagellate, both of which are haploid and behave like gametes; haploid gametes fuse in pairs to form diploid zygotes, which then divide mitotically without subsequent cell division, resulting in the formation of the multinucleated mass of cytoplasm called the plasmodium.
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Ecology

Associations

Fungus / parasite
Dendryphiella dematiaceous anamorph of Dendryphiella infuscans parasitises old sporangium of Myxomycetes
Other: minor host/prey

Fungus / feeder
Milnesium tardigradum feeds on fruitbody (early stage) of Myxomycetes
Remarks: captive: in captivity, culture, or experimentally induced

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Known prey organisms

slime molds preys on:
dead wood

Based on studies in:
Puerto Rico, El Verde (Rainforest)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • Waide RB, Reagan WB (eds) (1996) The food web of a tropical rainforest. University of Chicago Press, Chicago
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:3
Specimens with Sequences:1
Specimens with Barcodes:1
Species:1
Species With Barcodes:1
Public Records:1
Public Species:1
Public BINs:0
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