Basic gamete swimmer

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Male swimmer
Female swimmer

This mobile nonsentient sexual macrophage swimmer is similar to the Basic Swimmer, but it can only reproduce by merging its gamete with a swimmer of the opposite gender.

Overview

The basic gamete swimmer consists of 3 cells, a Flagellocyte on the back for propulsion, a Phagocyte in the middle for obtaining energy and a Gamete for sexual reproduction. It starts with a Phagocyte or a Lipocyte as initial cell. Then, it splits into a Basic Swimmer. Once it has enough energy, the Phagocyte will create a Gamete in the front. When a male Gamete and a female gamete touch, they will fuse and the offspring will randomly be male or female.

Habitat

Since it’s a macrophage, it needs a substrate with nutritients. In order to properly reproduce, the user must insert two initial cells, a male and a female. It’s vurneable to predators and parasites (altough it can regenerate its gamete).

It needs a nutritent-rich substrate since it cannot search for food and will go extinct in scarce enviroments.

It won’t survive in high gravity conditions and its Flagellocyte cannot move it in dry substrates.

Genome

Basic gamete swimmer starts almost the same as Basic Swimmer, with its initial M1 cell being a Phagocyte or a Lipocyte which splits with adhesin into a non-splitting M2 Flagellocyte and M3 Phagocyte. M3 phagocyte splits into M3 and M4 Gamete making adhesin. An important setting for M3 is max connections, which must be 2. Now, to create a swimmer of the opposite gender, simply repeat these steps with M5 being initial cell, M6 Flagellocyte, M7 Phagocyte and M8 Gamete. Make both gametes compatible with each other and set mode after fertilisation for M4-M1 and for M8-M5.

Trivia

  • It is the simplest organism with genders
  • Removing the second gender and making M4 gametes compatible with themselves will allow mixing colors if you place two differently colored swimmers.