The speed of sustained migration of Dictyostelium discoideum slugs was similar in a temperature gradient and at different light intensities, including a light intensity sufficient to cause significant disorientation of slugs. No change was observed in slug speed in the presence of high levels of Slug Turning Factor (STF), a low molecular weight compound through which phototaxis and thermotaxis are mediated. Thus orientation of D. discoideum slugs is not mediated by a sustained changed in slug speed and we propose that slug movement is not directly coupled to tactic responses. Slug speed depended on the size, age and genotype of slugs as well as the nature of the substratum (charcoal-containing water agar versus water agar).

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