NS3977 : A slime mould - Metatrichia floriformis

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

A slime mould - Metatrichia floriformis
A slime mould - Metatrichia floriformis
[For details of the habitat, and of the climatic conditions which caused an abundance of slime mould species in this area, see NS3977 : A slime mould - Arcyria denudata, which shows a different species growing alongside this one on the same log. See LinkExternal link for a list of all five species found on the log.]

These shiny little black spheres are just under a millimetre in width, and are the spore-producing bodies of the slime mould species Metatrichia floriformis. The shiny outer layer (the peridium) splits open in a way that suggests the petals of flower (hence the "floriformis", "flower-shaped"), although in a slightly more ragged fashion. The fluffy yellow mass inside consists of threads called elaters; see the link in the first paragraph for a description of their function.

(A few days earlier, before the black spheres had formed, the slime mould appeared only as a dark reddish-brown smear on the wood, rather like a patch of oil.)
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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 
Place (from Tags)
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate 
Category
Slime mould   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3959 7795 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0606N 4:34.3007W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3959 7795
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Trichiales  Trichiaceae  Stalked Sporangia  Slime Mould 

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