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Comatricha nigra

Comatricha nigra


Slime mold. Myxomycete. The plasmodium is white to transparent coloured. The sporocarps appear as individual fructifications, formed by a stem (2/3 of the total height) and a spherical head. This head is first of white colour turning reddish and later black, opening finally the capillitio. The capillitio is bonded to the columela, which goes to the sporocarp apex, and it is formed by tangled bundles of fibres. All together measures just a few milimeters. The spores are ochre coloured and measure 7-10 microns


On a dead pine trunk


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/36; ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 5 years ago

Added to "Slime Molds" mission

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks a lot, Argy!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Perfect miniature landscapes with trees. Great shots Arlanda.

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks António. When I started with PN I didn't even know that myxomicota existed!!!

Wow,a master piece Arlanda my friend,gorgeous capture,amazing,congrats and thanks for sharing such a beautiful and interesting spotting page

arlanda 6 years ago

Yes, looks like if the Lorax will appear from the back, hahaha!!!

auntnance123 6 years ago

Fabulous shot. Reminds me of a Dr. Suess landscape.

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

wonderful capture,

Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Lat: 40.53, Long: -3.69

Spotted on Feb 13, 2013
Submitted on Mar 5, 2013


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