The name dictyosteliomycota comes from the Greek: dictyo= "net-like", stelio="pillar"
Some would also consider Dictyosteliomycota as a kingdom unto itself, but the debate is as of yet unsettled due to conflicts between EF1-alpha and developmental phylogenetics.
The large blob-like mass of amoebae glides along on its own secretions, engulfing bacteria, fungi, and decaying organic matter for food.
When it reaches a location it finds suitable, the cells will pile upon each other to form a pillar of cells (sorocarp), eventually desiccating and forming with each being able to sporulate (produce spores), with the choice position for dispersal being on top, where air currents are most favorable.
Amoeba can further undergo plasmogamy to create a diploid macrocyst that is resistant to desiccation, heat, and low levels of resources. When conditions become favorable, the macrocyst will undergo meiosis and recombination to create 1N amoebae.