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Many-headed Slime - Physarum polycephalum This enigmatic slime mold moves using shuttle streaming, which is characterized by rhythmic back-and-forth flow of the protoplasm. Incredibly, this slime mold exhibits intelligent characteristics similar to those seen in single-celled creatures and social insects. For example, it is able to solve the shortest path problem - When grown in a maze, P. polycephalum will retract from everywhere in the maze, except the shortest route connecting the food sources, thus producing efficient networks by getting to the food using the shortest route. Amazing!<br />
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Habitat: Growing under bark on a fallen, rotting tree in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Habitat: Growing under bark on a fallen, rotting tree in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Many-headed Slime - Physarum polycephalum

This enigmatic slime mold moves using shuttle streaming, which is characterized by rhythmic back-and-forth flow of the protoplasm. Incredibly, this slime mold exhibits intelligent characteristics similar to those seen in single-celled creatures and social insects. For example, it is able to solve the shortest path problem - When grown in a maze, P. polycephalum will retract from everywhere in the maze, except the shortest route connecting the food sources, thus producing efficient networks by getting to the food using the shortest route. Amazing!

Habitat: Growing under bark on a fallen, rotting tree in a deciduous forest.

Many-headed Slime - Physarum polycephalum This enigmatic slime mold moves using shuttle streaming, which is characterized by rhythmic back-and-forth flow of the protoplasm. Incredibly, this slime mold exhibits intelligent characteristics similar to those seen in single-celled creatures and social insects. For example, it is able to solve the shortest path problem - When grown in a maze, P. polycephalum will retract from everywhere in the maze, except the shortest route connecting the food sources, thus producing efficient networks by getting to the food using the shortest route. Amazing!<br />
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Habitat: Growing under bark on a fallen, rotting tree in a deciduous forest.<br />
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    comments (4)

  1. awesome slime! Posted 4 days ago
    1. Thanks! It was so fresh and vibrant! Posted 4 days ago
  2. So flippin' cool! <3 Posted 3 days ago
    1. Thanks Lisa! I love finding these! I wish I could have gotten a zoomed out shot of the different heads, but the tree was too big and I had no space to back up :/. Posted 3 days ago

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''Physarum polycephalum'', literally the "many-headed slime", is a slime mold that inhabits shady, cool, moist areas, such as decaying leaves and logs. Like slime molds in general, it is sensitive to light; in particular, light can repel the slime mold and be a factor in triggering spore growth.

Similar species: Physarales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 13, 2018. Captured Oct 13, 2018 12:26 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm