The prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors aspirin and indomethacin inhibit the growth of Achlya caroliniana, A. ambisexualis and Saprolegnia parasitica in a dose-related manner. In addition, the inhibitors cause the formation of a characteristic asterisk-shaped colony. This abnormal colony morphology does not appear to be dependent on medium composition, since three different nitrogen and five differentcarbon sources all support the abnormal growth in the presence of 0.1 mM indomethacin. The abnormal colony morphology is the result of abnormal branching. Inhibitor grown colonies are more densely branched than controls, with shorter distances between branches. Inhibited colonies allowed to grow for greater than ten days escape the inhibition and assume a normal gross colony morphology and size, however, they do not reproduce sexually. The addition of 2 micrograms/ml PGF1 alpha to the growth medium partially overcomes the growth inhibition caused by indomethacin. The data suggest a role for prostaglandin or prostaglandin-like compounds in oomycete development.