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Leocarpus fragilis

Leocarpus fragilis


Slime mold. Leocarpus fragilis belongs to the supergroup Amoebozoa, phylum Mycetozoa, class Myxomycetes and order Physarales. Fruiting bodies are very small, 2 mm in diameter. The are ovoid shaped and their colour ranges from vivid yello to reddish-brown. The surface is very smooth and shinny. It is typically yellow in color, and eats fungal spores, bacteria, and other microbes. It is not a fungus. It is easy to confound with Fuligo septica, with yellow colour, but without visible fruiting bodies.. It is not a fungus.


This Myxomycete is very common and wide extended. Can appear during any part of the year but more frequently during autumn. Usually on grass rests, pine needles, wood, scat or plants twigs. I found it in an open pine tree and Holm oak forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired.

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arlanda 6 years ago

Added to "Slime Molds" mission

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Alice

alicelongmartin 7 years ago


arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Argy. I think that it is already starting to form the fruiting bodies although there is still lots of plasmodium around

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Good one. Is this one white in plasmodium stage? (looking at white stuff on the leaves)

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Oct 24, 2012
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012

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