NS3878 : A slime mould - Trichia decipiens

taken 3 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A slime mould - Trichia decipiens
A slime mould - Trichia decipiens
This slime mould is most eye-catching at an earlier stage of development: NS3878 : A slime mould - Trichia decipiens. It then became darker and less glutinous in appearance, with a translucent stalk. When mature, the thin outer layer (peridium) of the upper part dehisces (breaks open); in this case, it occurred along a neat circular line at the top, as shown in the picture.

This exposes the capillitium, which is the fluffy-looking structure inside; it bears the spores themselves on elaters. Elaters are thread-like structures that change shape in response to humidity, ensuring that the spores are dispersed in the right conditions; some liverworts employ similarly-functioning structures (which are also called elaters) in the same way: see NS3878 : A liverwort - Pellia epiphylla.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 25 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Life  Closeup 
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Gal Slime 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3848 7815 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1459N 4:35.3738W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3848 7815
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Slime Mould  Trichiales  Trichiaceae  Stalked Sporangia 

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