Slime moulds are freaky as.
''Single-celled slime molds demonstrate the ability to memorize and anticipate repeated events, a team of Japanese researchers reported in January.
The study clearly shows “a primitive version of brain function” in an organism with no brain at all.''
The one in my yard growing on mulch was quite a different type, one of these I am pretty sure:
Can something have a more unappealing common name than a Dog Vomit Slime Mold?
(photos from google)
This link came up when I was searching for DVSM, check it out for some truly outstanding Tasmanian fungi porn:
(scroll down). Some of the best photography I have ever seen... that near flourescent red one is my fave.
I am astonished.