is a multinucleate cell
. It can result from multiple nuclear divisions without accompanying cell divisions
, or from cellular aggregation followed by dissolution of the cell membranes
inside the mass. Coenocytes are found in fungi
and some protists
, such as algae
and slime mold
. Some plant structures, such as endosperm
, are coenocytic as well.
A type of mycelium in which hyphae lack septa is known as aseptate or coenocytic.
Fairy rings are a prime example of a coenocytic fungi. A large fairy ring may in fact just be one large cell with millions of nuclei.