myxomycetes definition

  • noun-plural:
    • a course of particular organisms, the slime molds, formerly considered animals (Mycetozoa), nevertheless now generally thought to be plants and frequently divided as a definite phylum (Myxophyta); really equal to the division Myxomycota. They truly are entirely on wet planet and decaying vegetable matter, and consist of naked masses of protoplasm, often of substantial size, which creep really slowly over the area and ingest solid meals.
  • noun:
    • several fungus-like organisms, the slime-molds or slime-fungi, that belong, according to the category of De Bary, on Mycetozoa, and numbering about 300 species.
    • the class of true slime molds; basically comparable to the unit Myxomycota

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