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red wasp nest slime mold

metatrichia vesparium


Sporocarps sessile or stalked, densely crowded when sessile, in groups of up to 12, sharing united stalks when stipitate, up to 2.5 mm total height. Sporothecae sub-cylindrical, conical to subovate, 0.4-0.7 mm diam., dark red, reddish-purple to blood red, shiny or iridescent. Hypothallus red, merging with the stalk. Peridium of 2(-3) layers, the outer layer cartilaginous, the inner layer membranous, usually dehiscing by a preformed lid. Capillitium red-orange, Spore-mass rust-red or scarlet. Spores pale orange-red. Plasmodium dark red or black


HABITAT: On dead wood. DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan ( )


Taxonomic position: Kingdom: Myxobiontes Subkingdom: Myxomycetobionti Phylum: Physarophyles Class: Physariodes Order: Trichiales Family: Trichiaceae Species: Metatrichia vesparium ( )

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Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands

Lat: 50.88, Long: 5.99

Spotted on Feb 22, 2012
Submitted on Feb 25, 2012

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