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Stemonitis slime mold

Stemonitis sp.


An immature stemonitis slime mold. When they are mature, the sporangia will turn brown in color. This one is exuding red droplets, a process known as guttation, which occurs during growth.


This slime mold likes to inhabit dead and rotting logs on the forest floor.


Slime molds used to be considered fungi, but have been reassigned to the supergroup Amoebozoa.

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LisaPowers 2 years ago

Project Noah Fact of the Day: Slime molds are not fungi but often form fungus-like fruiting bodies. Although many slime molds fruit on wood, they do not actually penetrate the surface but form structures called plasmodia - masses of protoplasm that lack cell walls and have the ability to creep around engulfing bacteria, spores of fungi and plants, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter.

Stemonitis slime mold (Stemonitis sp.) spotted in Ohio, USA by PN user Eis4Xtreme.

Ohio, USA

Lat: 39.43, Long: -82.54

Spotted on Jun 2, 2015
Submitted on Sep 11, 2015

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