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Wolf's Milk

Lycogala epidendrum

Description:

Small, pink aethalia that resemble fuzzy pink blobs. When you poke the, pink, gooey, slime oozes out.

The life cycle of slime molds is very interesting and complex. Here is a simplified description of what goes on...Slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which actually lack cell walls. Plasmodia are able to move up to an inch an hour - their motion being the result of protoplasm that flows through the organism in a rhythmic motion. The masses of protoplasm move around and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. Eventually, when the plasmodia runs out of food, it transforms into sporangia, which (simplistically) are balls of spores. These "sporangia spore balls" are called the aethalia, which are the fruiting bodies of the slime mold.

Habitat:

Growing on a rotting stump in a deciduous forest.

Notes:

See video... I never get tired of poking them...

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2 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a week ago

Thanks Mauna :)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a week ago

You're a medical entomologist? Very cool, I must say. Great spotting!

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.90, Long: -73.48

Spotted on Oct 6, 2018
Submitted on Oct 18, 2018

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