Fuligo septica - Slime molds - myxomicetes - Žuta sluznjača

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Myxomycetes are poorly known yet very interesting creatures. For decades they have been shuffled back and forth between the animal and plants kingdoms until recognized as separate creatures. They are not animals because they proliferate by spores. They are also not plants since they crumble around (an animal like ability) and fix themselves firmly to substrate only at the end of their life cycle. They don't produce their own food like plants but feed by 'hunting' (actually engulfing) bacteria and tiny bits of other organic matter, which is another animal like feature. The first stage in their development cycle, which is observable in the field, is called plasmodium. Earlier stages (from myxoflagellates, myxoamoebae, to zygote) are microscopic and can be observed only in labs. Plasmodium is a single giant living cell, a clump of protoplasm filled with thousands of cell nuclei, crawling around, eating bacteria and growing. Some of such plasmodia are the largest cells of living creatures known. In some species they can measure several meters across or weight up to 20 kg.

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Cumizebica on July 13, 2012

Za sliku i gljivu Like ! Pregledom tvoje galerije koja mi se dopada ustanovio sam da nemas izlozenog ni jednog tartufa , zato bi trebalo da se vidimo i pokazem ti par fotografija a mozez da vidis u zamrzivacu kolicinu ili da te upoznam sa nekim mojim prijateljima koji su profesionalci u tom poslu , veoma zanimljiva delatnost , poz


Manek Taolin on July 15, 2012

Beautiful photo!

Like, Fav


Manek Taolin

Fred Quader on November 10, 2012

L 22,

F 3,

looks very good.

Jean Gregory Evans on January 26, 2013

I take this and several others into my favorites.

Sergey Kreps on June 17, 2013

Это целая колония, которая, вероятно, может путешествовать... L+F.

С наилучшими пожеланиями, Сергей

Marjan Kustera on June 17, 2013

Mожет путешествовать!...Kuki

Отличная фотография! :-)

Marjan Kustera on March 29

Спасибо Сергеи....Марјан

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  • Uploaded on June 1, 2012
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    by Marjan Kustera
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A460
    • Taken on 2012/05/31 17:24:41
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 5.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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