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red wasp nest slime mold

metatrichia vesparium

Description:

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:

HABITAT: On dead wood. DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan ( http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?searc... )

Notes:

Taxonomic position: Kingdom: Myxobiontes Subkingdom: Myxomycetobionti Phylum: Physarophyles Class: Physariodes Order: Trichiales Family: Trichiaceae Species: Metatrichia vesparium ( http://sanamyan.com/myxomycetes/metatric... )

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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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