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Wolf's Milk

Lycogala epidendrum

Description:

Tiny cluster of pink topped fuzzy fungi "balls" Lycogala epidendrum, commonly known as wolf's milk, groening's slime is a cosmopolitan species of myxogastrid amoeba which is often mistaken for a fungus. The aethalia, or fruiting bodies, occur either scattered or in groups on damp rotten wood, especially on large logs, from June to November. These aethalia are small, pink to brown cushion-like globs. They may excrete a pink paste if the outer wall is broken before maturity. When mature, the colour tends to become more brownish. When not fruiting, single celled individuals move about as very small, red amoeba-like organisms called plasmodia, masses of protoplasm that engulf bacteria, fungal and plant spores, protozoa, and particles of non-living organic matter through phagocytosis (see slime mould for more information).

Habitat:

Growing on top of a pine tree stump

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21 Comments

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, DrNamgyalT.Sherpa!!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Congrats Sarah!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, Christine!! ;)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Woohoo, congrats Sarah!!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, Maria! I think so too!!
....and Thank You, Neil!! :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Congratulations, Sarah, on your much-deserved SOTD.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

This is very interesting - thank you for sharing!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

OH YAY!!!! Thank you so much, Daniele!!!
What an HONOR!!
Thank you, again, Christine & Neil for your help in ID'ing this for me!!
:)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulation Sarah, your Wolf's Milk is our Spotting of the Day! Thanks to Christine and Neil for help with ID and a lively discussion.

"Our pink and fuzzy Spotting of the Day is often mistaken for a fungus! With a cosmopolitan distribution and commonly known as Wolf's Milk or Groening's Slime, Lycogala epidendrum is a true slime mold (Myxogastria or Myxomycetes depending on the nomenclature), characterized by a plasmodial stage ("naked" masses without cell walls) and a fruiting bodies stage as seen here. Slime molds were formerly classified as Fungi, but are no longer considered part of that kingdom".

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SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, Christine!! I am sure your kids love them.....because I was tickled whenever I broke them opened and saw the "prize" inside!!!
Wait tho'....I am just a big kid, myself!! LOL
;)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Indeed a cool spotting. My kids love finding these when they are mature because they have fun poking them and ejecting the spores.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, Neil!! I agree!
:)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Excellent, Sarah. It's a great spotting. Fungus is always full of the best surprises. Great to see the photo update. Some of my favourite spottings are those that have evolved over time, be it a day, week, or year/s.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

And, yeah, Christine!! Very interesting!!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thanks, Daniele!! :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Great spotting and discussion!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Yes! That's the spore mass. It turns a lavender/pinkish color.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Hey Christine & Neil....
I checked on these lil guys today & they DID turn brown & when I scraped the top off of one - there was an amazing peach colored powder inside!
I included a photo!
:)

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

Thank you, Christine & Neil!! I will look it up & make some edits!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

I agree, Christine. From your suggestion, I found this link. http://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wo... They look very similar.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Might be Lycogala epidendrum. It’s a slime mold that starts out pink and fuzzy, but turns brown with age.

SarahWhitt
Spotted by
SarahWhitt

Ohio, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2018
Submitted on May 29, 2018

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