NS3978 : A slime mould - Fuligo septica

taken 4 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Fuligo septica
A slime mould - Fuligo septica
More precisely, this is Fuligo septica var. flava. It is one of the most common slime moulds. There is also a var. septica, with a more southerly distribution.

For the same specimen two days earlier, see NS3978 : A slime mould - Fuligo septica (plasmodium).

The present picture shows the spore-producing stage (or sporocarp). The form this stage takes varies greatly from one species to another; for example, in many species, the plasmodial material separates into many individual spore-bearing structures, on stalks or not, called sporangia. However, Fuligo septica produces a single sporocarp; this is called an aethalium, and it is what is shown in the picture.

The plasmodium (see link, above) covered a considerably larger area of the stump; in forming the aethalium, that material has gathered together to form a more compact rounded mass.
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3943 7834 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2674N 4:34.4683W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3943 7834
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Slime Mould  Aethalium  Physarales  Physaraceae 

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