Pflieger Jean-Francois wrote:
> If I remember well, there is an alguae which is visible without
> microscopic intrument (ressembling as a small "flower"), but has only one
> cytoplasmic compartment and one nucleus... a good large cell no? :-)
and in another post, steve gehnrich said:
> But it would seem that the largest cell in the world belongs to
>the genus Caulerpa, a single-celled alga. This was described by
>William Jacobs in Scientific American (December 1994, pp. 100-105).
A quick look at that Sci Am article reveals that Caulerpa has multiple
nuclei. Laurie Davison, in a response to my post about the
root-system-dwelling 100-foot fungus I saw in Science or Nature a few
years back, said:
> I believe you're referring to the "slime mold", which is a biological
>oddity. It *is* single celled, resembles a giant amoeba, but is
>multi-nucleate. They have potential to be huge, though I don't know the
>largest on record.
Since Caulerpa has multiple nuclei, and is considered to be a single
cell, it looks like the slime mold/fungus I posted about has Caulerpa
beat as the largest cell, if *IT* was a single cell. But, referring to
the article about the hundred-foot fungus, Brian Scott said:
>I remember seeing that too. I don't think it was a single cell though,
>but was considered to be a single organism.
I think Brian may be right, but I can't get to any back issues to
check. Does someone else have a clearer memory of the article?
John E. Anderson
jander at unf.edu