NS3984 : A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Auchencarroch, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum
A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum
The photograph shows three small, mature fruiting bodies (aethalia) of the slime mould species Lycogala epidendrum; they were growing on the dead tree that can be seen to the right of the path in NS3984 : Path through the woods.

For younger specimens, which are more colourful, see NS3977 : A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum.

They are individually less than a centimetre across; the one at the bottom of the image has a hole underneath, through which some of the dark-grey spore mass has already emerged. [The colour of the spores helped in distinguishing this species from the similar L. terrestre (see below), as did a closer examination of the scales on the surface of the fruiting bodies.]

Compare NS3984 : A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre (plasmodium), photographed nearby. [Some other Lycogala species occur in Britain and Ireland, but L. epidendrum and L. terrestre are among the most commonly observed of slime moulds. See also NS3781 : A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre.]
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 6 August, 2010
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Whinny Hill Woods 
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Category
Slime mould   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3996 8446 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.5739N 4:34.1780W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3996 8446
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Aethalium  Liceales  Slime Mould  Lycogalaceae 

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