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.
Lat: 41.92, Long: -73.48
Spotted on Oct 23, 2018
Submitted on Oct 23, 2018
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