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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.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 months ago

Thanks Jim and DrNamgyal!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 months ago

Congrats Christine!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 months ago

Perfect for Halloween!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 months ago

Thank you Danièle! This delightfully creepy slime is one of my favorites :)

DanielePralong 3 months ago

Gooey, oozey, creepy with a sheen, we've got you some slime for Halloween! And it's multi-headed! The Many-headed Slime (Physarum polycephalum) is our Spotting of the Day! Congratulations and thank you for this fantastic, timely contribution Christine!



Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 months ago

@Mark, lol - I'm sure it would be a tasty cake (X_X). Thanks Leuba :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Is this some kind of halloween cake? ;-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

Great spotting Christine !

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 months ago

Thanks so much for the nomination! @Maria dB - yes! They are so freaky and awesome. There are some crazy slime lapse videos of them on youtube, which show them in motion :D

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 months ago

That is fascinating - the stuff of a sci fi or horror movie. :)

AshleyT 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 months ago

Thanks Sunny :)

sunnyjosef 4 months ago

Great info... Thank you Christine..

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 months ago

Thanks Lauren! Slime molds are so fascinating!

LaurenZarate 4 months ago

Very cool!

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.92, Long: -73.48

Spotted on Oct 23, 2018
Submitted on Oct 23, 2018

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