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Enerthenema papillatum

Enerthenema papillatum


Plasmodia of Enerthenema papillatum. Plasmodium is the inmature state of many myxomycota. Plasmodium colour changes gradually from white to pink as it matures. Once mature, E. papillatum presents stalked sporangia, globose, fuscous, becoming purplish brown or ferruginous as the pores are dispersed. 0.4 to 0.7 mm in diameter and 1.0-1.5 mm tall. Stalk black, opaque, attenuate above, about half of the total height. Columella extending to the apex of the sporangium and there expanding as a small cup. Capillitium attached to the apical disk. Spores olivaceous fuscous in mass.


On a dead and fallen pine trunk


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 9 years ago

Added to "Slime Molds" mission

arlanda 10 years ago

Thanks Yuko

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

I love how the they create the color gradation. So very beautiful!

arlanda 10 years ago

Gracias Gerardo

arlanda 10 years ago

Right Argy, here they are still immature, somewhere between the plasmodium and the mature sporangium. When the get mature enough to produce spores is when they become black ( and any small touch will break the peridium and liberate the spores.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow fantastic great series !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Amazing stuff. Did these become the black ones ?

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Nov 19, 2012
Submitted on Jan 15, 2013

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