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This book identifies all the species one is likely to encounter, with extensive information on their structural features, distribution, and ecological associations. Superbly illustrated, including keys, it is an introduction to their biology as well as a field guide.

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This book identifies all the species one is likely to encounter, with extensive information on their structural features, distribution, and ecological associations. Superbly illustrated, including keys, it is an introduction to their biology as well as a field guide.

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Introduces our friend the slime mold, an organism that has characteristics in common with both animals and fungi. Offers information on virtually all species, their structural features, distribution in environments from snowbanks to deserts, and their ecological associations with animals and plants, illustrated by color and b&w drawings of these colorful creatures. Includes directions for culturing myxomycetes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881924398
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he served as director of a worldwide project funded by the National Science Foundation to document the distribution of all the slime molds and their relatives. Prior to this he taught biology at Fairmont State University in West Virginia for nearly three decades. Dr. Stephenson has studied fungi and slime molds on six continents in climates ranging from the tropics to the polar regions of both the Arctic and Subantarctic. He is author/co-author of numerous publications, including Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds (Timber Press, 1994) and Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World (Timber Press, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
List of Illustrated Species 9
1 Introduction to Myxomycetes 13
What are Myxomycetes? 14
Life Cycles 15
Other Slime Molds 18
Biological Research with Myxomycetes 19
2 Structural Features of Myxomycetes 23
The Plasmodium 24
Types of Fruiting Bodies 25
Components of a Fruiting Body 26
3 Collection, Culture, and Study of Myxomycetes 37
Collection of Myxomycetes in Nature 37
Moist Chamber Cultures 39
Preparation of Material for Study 44
4 Distribution of Myxomycetes Around the World 49
Geographical Distribution 50
Snowbank Species 52
High-Latitude Species 53
Desert Species 54
Species Associated with Particular Habitats 55
5 Ecology of Myxomycetes 59
Trophic Stages 60
Substrate Relationships 61
Fruiting Season 62
Insect Associates 63
Myxomyceticolous Fungi 65
Bryophyte-Myxomycete Associations 66
Myxomycete-Human Relationships 67
6 Classification and Identification 69
Taxonomic Names 69
Keys to Orders and Selected Species 72
Descriptions of Species 85
Glossary 161
References 169
Index 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Slime Molds

    This book has much information and very knowlagable, but not enough it is not bad it just is missig something. It should have more about the topic and branch off onto diffrent things. It would be good if it was recommend for a science project about slime molds.

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