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Multigoblet Slime Mold

Metatrichia vesparium

Description:

Stunning, fluffy, bright red spore masses with tiny, empty red goblets that were only about 0.5 mm wide. Including the spore masses, they were about 3-5mm tall. The sporangia clusters resemble paper wasp nests.

Initially, these clusters would have been black and shiny, but these had already opened leaving the empty red goblets with fluffy, red spore masses above.

Habitat:

Growing on decayed wood in a mostly deciduous forest with lots of oak, birch, and hemlock. We got 8 inches of snow yesterday, and this slime mold really stood out with its vibrant color!


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5 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks for your nice comment Hema ☺️

Hema
Hema a year ago

Christine ,this is stunning and fascinating!!A National Geographic moment!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Your welcome, Christine....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks maplemoth. I love finding these slime molds!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Three, beautiful photos....beautiful colors....

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.61, Long: -73.43

Spotted on Feb 19, 2018
Submitted on Feb 19, 2018

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