Fungus-like Protists

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Fungus-like Protists 2018-01-22T13:20:37+00:00

Fungus-like protists share many features with fungi. Like fungi, they are heterotrophs, meaning they must obtain food outside themselves. They also have cell walls and reproduce by forming spores, just like fungi.

Two major types of fungus-like protists are slime molds and water molds.

Slime Molds
Slime molds usually measure about one or two centimeters, but a few slime molds are as big as several meters. They often have bright colors, such as a vibrant yellow.

Water Molds
Water molds mostly live in water or moist soil. They can be parasites of plants and animals, getting their nutrients from these organisms and also from decaying organisms. They are a common problem for farmers since they cause a variety of plant diseases.

Summary
Slime molds are fungus-like protists that grow as slimy masses on decaying matter. They are commonly found on items such as rotting logs.
Water molds are fungus-like protists present in moist soil and surface water; they live as parasites or on decaying organisms.

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