This group contains all our photo galleries of protozoan life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Myxomycetes, the slime molds. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.
Myxomycetes, also called Mycetozoa, are fungus like organisms within the kingdom Protozoa. Commonly known as true slime molds, they usually occur in decaying plant material and exhibit characteristics of both protozoans (single-celled microorganisms) and fungi. The vegetative (actively growing and feeding) phase consists of a multinucleate amoeboid mass called plasmodium. The plasmodium changes shape as it creeps over damp wood, leaves, or soil, ingesting bacteria, molds, and fungi. The plasmodium is characteristically covered by a layer of slime that is secreted as the plasmodium creeps.