NS3878 : A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre

taken 11 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre
A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre
These were growing alongside the eastern end of NS3878 : A path through the woods. At the time when this picture was taken, this species was fairly abundant here; several other groups could be seen nearby.

The rounded aethalia (spore-producing bodies) of this species are often found clustered together, but these ones seem to have coalesced, at least partially. They are almost 2cm across, and have developed from an orange plasmodium. Salmon-pink is more common; see NS3984 : A slime mould - Lycogala terrestre (plasmodium) for an example, and for an explanation of the terms used here.

[The species was distinguished from the similar L. epidendrum on the basis of the scale patterns on the surface (using close-up photos taken on the same day), and by the pinkish colour of the spore mass that developed later; see "The Myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland An Identification Handbook" (Bruce Ing, 1999).]
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 14 September, 2010
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Place (from Tags)
Renton Wood 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3848 7810 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1190N 4:35.3720W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3848 7810
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Aethalium  Liceales  Slime Mould  Lycogalaceae 

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