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A genus of protozoa, formerly also considered a fungus. Its natural habitat is decaying forest leaves, where it feeds on bacteria. D. discoideum is the best-known species and is widely used in biomedical research.

Year introduced: 1979(1975)

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Tree Number(s): B01.046.550.200.300

MeSH Unique ID: D004023

Registry Number: txid5782

Entry Terms:

  • Dictyosteliums
  • Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Dictyostelium discoideums
  • discoideum, Dictyostelium

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