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Leaden slime mold

Dictydiaethalium plumbeum


About 180mm long and resembling molten plastic.


In a local national park on the side of a large eucalyptus log which had signs of a burn.


This slime mold resembles both Fuligo septica and Lycogala epidendrum in different respects.
As it ages it becomes a dull grey but maintains much of the shape seen above but very densely packed sporangia can be seen within the surface.
(id thanks Herman Anderson)

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

There must be some around your area Tukup.
Such ephemeral shape-shifters though.

Tukup 9 months ago

Some day I'll find some slime mold. They look really interesting. Until then, thanks for sharing Mark.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

Ewww, that's pretty gross :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

Myxo not myco Neil. ;-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

Great photo. Almost looks like it's 3D. Unusual fungus.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jul 27, 2019
Submitted on Jul 27, 2019

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