Yup … More Slime Forecast …

Trichia botrytis

Not Ghostbusters slime … but Mycetozoa – slime moulds, more discovered this time in local woods. This species looks to be the same as in the previous post Trichia botrytis. Like all slime moulds, they creep across a surface very slowly devouring food until they run out, and when they run out they will release their spores.

Trichia botrytis

These appear to be in the early stages of ripening. Each Sporocarp – the bright fruiting bodies you see – are around 5 mm (1/4 in) tall and 0.8 mm (3/64 in) in diameter, so they can be easily missed out in the field unless you keep an eye out for them. These were found on the underside of fallen bark on the ground.

Trichia botrytis

17 thoughts on “Yup … More Slime Forecast …

  1. I just watched a fascinating documentary about slime moulds. They are amazing organisms with very surprising capabilities! If anyone’s interested, it’s called Secret Mind of Slime, a NOVA production on PBS.

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    1. Many thanks for the info, gillyflower! I will look out for it because now I have discovered them I want to learn more! ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Most welcome! What they discovered is kind of mindblowing, actually. I hope you do get to see it.

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    1. Thank you very much, Steve ๐Ÿ™‚ They are really tiny and easy to overlook. I found them by chance by looking under bark that had shed from a dead tree.

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