name = Acrasid Slime Molds
phylum_authority = Cavalier-Smith 1991
classis = Heterolobosea
classis_authority = Page & Blanton 1985
familia = Acrasidae
Acrasiomycota is a phylum of
slime molds which belongs to the protist group Discicristata. The name acrasio- comes from the Greek "Akrasia", meaning "acting against one's judgement." This group consists of cellular slime molds.
Some would also consider it as a kingdom unto itself, but the debate is as of yet unsettled.
When resources, such as water or food become limiting, the amoeba will release
pheromones such as acrasinto aggregate amoebal cells in preparation for movement as a large (thousands of cells) grex or pseudopod. When in the grex, the amoeboidsreproduce sexually, resulting in fruit-like structures called spores, which develop into unicellular moldsof the same species.
*C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell et al., "Introductory Mycology, 4th ed." (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN: 0-471-52229-5
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