Slime mold with 720 sexes set for Paris zoo grand debut.
The Paris Zoological Park’s newest resident, which goes on exhibit Saturday, is a unique slime mold with 720 sexes and the ability to split into different beings before glomming back together, according to a zoo statement.
“The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries,” explained Bruno David, the director of the Paris Museum of Natural History. Slime mold is not a plant, animal or fungi. “It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn . . . and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other.”
Most intriguing is that the blob’s favorite food is reportedly oatmeal. After being grown in Petri dishes, it was grafted onto tree bark and placed in a terrarium.
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NOTE: Slime Mold is an informal name given to several kinds of unrelated organisms that can live freely as single cells, but can aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi but are no longer considered part of that kingdom. Slime mold is not a plant or animal. It’s not a fungus, though it sometimes resembles one. Slime mold, in fact, is a soil-dwelling amoeba, a brainless, single-celled organism, often containing multiple nuclei.