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Approximately 3-4 mm tall. This slime mold fruits by developing a stalked sporangium (fruiting body). Over a four to six day period, the sporangium progresses in color from orange to light brown, to medium brown and, finally, to a dark chocolate brown. The sporangia are hard to the touch; they don’t smear or break when touched. The tip of the sporangium thins and appears light brown in color before the top breaks open, releasing the ‘network’ structure and spores.
Clusters on fallen pine trunks.
These fruiting bodies were photographed over a 4-day period: October 13-17, 2015 Identified by Zissis Antonopoulos in Slime Mold Identification & Appreciation (Closed group on Facebook) as Trichia decipiens Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/187...