largest cell on Earth?

Michael Benedik benedik at uh.edu
Thu Feb 20 14:04:32 EST 1997

In article <330797A0.2023 at znet.com>
Kevin Shreder <kshreder at znet.com> writes:

> Does anyone know what the largest cell on Earth is?  Is it an ovum, nerve cell or a microbe?  
> Also what species does it belong to?
> Please email me with any answers you might have.
> Thanks
> Kevin Shreder, Ph.D.
> kshreder at ucsd.edu

There are fungi which grow very large. These are single cells, though
multi-nucleated hyphae. It does fit the definition of a single cell.
The largest I remember hearing about covered many acres. 

Michael Benedik
Department of Biochemical Sciences
University of Houston
benedik at uh.edu

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