Physarum polycephalum is a unicellular multinucleated slime mold that can grow up to hundreds, in special circumstances even thousands of square centimeters in size. Physarum forms extended networks in order to search for and connect food sources.
What is a slime mold?
The nutrients taken up are transported along tubes via shuttle streaming, an oscillatory mechanism organizing as a peristaltic wave. Although Physarum polycephalum does not have a nervous system in the conventional sense, it is able to adjust its structure and foraging behavior as a response to complex challenges.