Name: Myxomycetes G. Winter
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Rank: Class

Status: Accepted

Name: Myxomycetes

Author: G. Winter

Citation: Rabenh. Krypt.-Fl., Edn 2 (Leipzig) 1(1.1): 32 (1880)

Deprecated Synonyms: Myxogastria Caval.-Sm., Myxomycophyta, Myxogastrea L.S. Olive, Myxogastromycetidae G.W. Martin,, Myxogastres Engl. & Prantl

Misspellings: Myxomycetales, Mixomycete, Myxomycete, Mixomycota

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2019 Leontyev, Dmitry V. et al. Towards a phylogenetic classification of the Myxomycetes. Phytotaxa, [S.l.], v. 399, n. 3, p. 209–238, mar. 2019. ISSN 1179-3163.

2017 Schnittler, Martin & Shchepin, Oleg & Dagamac, Nikki Heherson & Borg Dahl, Mathilde & Novozhilov, Yuri. (2017). Barcoding myxomycetes with molecular markers: Challenges and opportunities. Nova Hedwigia. 104. 323-341.

2008 Keller, Harold & Kilgore, Courtney & Everhart, Sydney & Carmack, Glenda & Crabtree, Christopher & Scarborough, Angela. (2008). Myxomycete plasmodia and fruiting bodies: Unusual occurrences and user friendly study techniques. Fungi. 1. 24-37.


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Neutral Update
By: Image Sharer (image sharer)
2019-07-25 00:49:51 PDT (-0700)

July 8, 2019: The Myxomycetes, traditionally studied by mycologists, are amoebae, and are now in the interest focus of protistologists.


Name Pages are useless
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (
2018-05-13 13:58:10 PDT (-0700)

Who cares what the name of the Class is when the MO observation cannot be identified any closer. MO should aim for MO observations that would be reliably identified, supported by herbarium specimens, and well documented by MO images. Only then you can decide on “the best name” for such a Mushroom Observer observation. Slime molds (and any other organisms in that matter) do not care how they are called.

Could not change classification
By: Joseph D. Cohen (Joe Cohen)
2015-04-21 09:35:18 PDT (-0700)

I tried to re-classify Myxomycetes as a class of phylum Mycetozoa but got an error message from MO (“Wrong rank for Mycetozoa; expected phylum, but got genus.”) I wil report the error.

By: Joseph D. Cohen (Joe Cohen)
2015-04-21 08:58:13 PDT (-0700)

MO originally listed Myxomycetes as a genus, so it was deprecated. The division has been corrected, so I have undeprecated it.

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