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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 2 years ago

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

Tukup 2 years ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Ewww, that's pretty gross :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Myxo not myco Neil. ;-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

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

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