NS3977 : A slime mould - Tubifera ferruginosa

taken 8 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Tubifera ferruginosa
A slime mould - Tubifera ferruginosa
(Syn. Tubulifera arachnoidea)

In the shade of the woods, close to the ruins of a walled garden ( LinkExternal link ), a mossy tree stump was host to the slime mould species shown here, Tubifera ferruginosa. Identification of slime moulds to species often requires microscopic examination, but this one has a distinctive macroscopic appearance, and cannot be mistaken for any of the other British species. For a larger example, see NS3977 : A slime mould - Tubifera ferruginosa.

The appearance of its spore-producing bodies (sporocarps) is often compared to that of a strawberry; the largest one in this image is 2cm across. The body is composed of many cylindrical tubules packed together. The vivid colour shown here does not last for very long; 24 hours later, the sporocarps were dark brown, although their shape was unchanged. For an example, see NS3977 : A slime mould - Tubifera ferruginosa.

Slime moulds were in abundance in this area, not only because late summer to autumn is the best season for finding them, but also because this was a rare interlude of a few dry days following several months of almost continuously wet weather.
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Date Taken
Friday, 11 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 September, 2009
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Closeup  Life 
Colour (from Tags)
Orange 
Place (from Tags)
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate 
Category
Slime mould   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3950 7799 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0803N 4:34.3886W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3950 7799
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Liceales  Pseudoaethalium  Slime Mould  Lycogalaceae 

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