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Wolf's milk; Leche de lobo

Lycogala epidendrum


It is a species of plasmodial slime mold, also known as myxogastria or myxomycota, which is often mistaken for a fungus. They consists of ameboid cells united by a sheet of slime. They became visible when the form their fruting bodies to spread their spores. In this case, the fruiting bodies are called aethalia. These appear as small cushion-like blobs measuring about 3–15 millimetres in diameter. Colour is quite variable, ranging from pinkish-grey to yellowish-brown or greenish-black, with mature individuals tending towards the darker end. While immature they are filled with a pink, paste-like fluid. With maturity the fluid becomes a powdery mass of minute gray spores.


Spotted on a fallen pine trunk at a pine tree and evergreen oak forest. dehesa de valdelatas slime mold myxomycetes moho mucilaginoso


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec. f/36; ISO Speed Rating: 1000. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm.

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arlanda 5 years ago

Thanks Brenda

Brenda Hoffman
Brenda Hoffman 5 years ago


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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Oct 17, 2014
Submitted on Feb 9, 2015

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