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These are magnified ( x 600) pictures of the " dog-vomit" slime mold spotted previously: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/869... Pic #1 shows a spun orange coloured floss which is a magnified piece of the yellow crust. Pics #2 & #3 are pieces of the crust and material adhering to it -shows a slimy white substance with hundreds of little spores. The following pictures are those of the dusty black substance that was under the crust: Pic #4 shows a perfectly spherical shape with spores inside and out. Pic #5 shows a layer of spores in a slimy/jelly matrix Pic #6 shows magnified hyphae
I was intrigued by what the slime mold might look like under magnification and so, decided to take these pictures. I acknowledge that they are not real spottings. The crust looks like a dry mass of protoplasmic bubbles. Those spherical shapes were interesting - are they spore sacs??. The spores were well defined and there were thousands of them. I had to soak the mold for hours before I could tease bits away for the microscope. I am hoping that someone can explain these structures further for me...