Gregor's Mat

Euripedes Mey
Image from Steve Bowers
Survey drones measure a vast carpet of Gregor's Mat which covers these low hills near the ocean on this world

Terrestrial colonial mat-like organisms, made of trillions of amoeba-like cells, indigenous to Euripedes Mey.

During the sporing season the individual amoebas that make up a Gregor's Mat combine to form a single super-organism that may reach dozens of square kilometers in size (the largest Mat recorded was in 9208, with a single colony of 6,700 km2) They remain in this state for several weeks, before dispersing or attenuating. However some mats may continue for months. The mats show emergent behavioural properties that are beyond the capability of individual amoebas, but none have ever been considered sophont or sub-sophont.

Gregor's mat
Image from Steve Bowers
Closer view of the Gregor's Mat colonial structure

 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 31 October 2001.