National Geographic : 1926 Apr
© National Geographic Society Painting from life byWilliam Crowder THE CHASTE ELEGANCE OF THIS SLIME MOLD'S PROPORTIONS COMMANDS ADMIRATION Stemonitis splendens is one of the commonest of the mycetozoa. Its slender, dusky sporangiasometimes reach aheight ofaninch or more, and resemble miniature attenuated spikes of the reeds known as "cat-tails." A good magnifying glass isneeded toresolve the finer details of the intricate network of Stemonitis. Its loose and gauzy labyrinth of plasmodium(see under Color Plate V)hasaweird charm and unearthly beauty all its own. Enlarged 10 diameters.