NS3977 : A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum (undeveloped)

taken 7 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum (undeveloped)
A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum (undeveloped)
The irregular patches with pale edges would originally have been plasmodia, the mobile feeding stage of the slime mould. Plasmodia often develop into rounded spore-producing bodies (aethalia); these ones did not (perhaps conditions were not favourable just then), but they have retained the vivid colour of the plasmodium. Slime moulds can also form sclerotia, entering a dormant state in which they wait out unfavourable conditions. It is not clear precisely what state the remains shown here represent; however, they did not develop further, and they will simply fade away over time.

However, the picture also shows that some of the plasmodia that were on this piece of wood did successfully develop into spore-bearing structures: a few young examples of these Lycogala aethalia can be seen near the top of the image, right of centre. Compare NS3977 : A slime mould - Lycogala epidendrum; in particular, note the colour of the droplet in that picture; it is the same as the remains in the present picture.

These remnants were found beside a NS3977 : Path through the woods. See NS3977 : A slime mould - Stemonitis species, taken on the same day, for an explanation of why slime moulds were abundant on this occasion.
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Closeup  Life 
Place (from Tags)
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate 
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Gal Slime 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3961 7790 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0340N 4:34.2797W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3961 7790
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Slime Mould  Liceales  Lycogalaceae  Plasmodium 

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