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Pretzel Slime colonized by the fungus Polycephalomyces tomentosus

Hemitrichia serpula


This is a case of one fungi growing on another fungi.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

"Clever" little fungi - making the most of it. Must have a read of its adaptability and growth habit. Great spotting Tom !

Tom15 5 years ago

Thanks Mark, Fyn and Maria. I've only seen this type of growth a couple other times. The Fairy Pin - Phaeocalicium polyporaeum commonly grows on Trametes and one other time when Polycephalomyces tomentosus was on a different slime mold, a Trichia sp.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Wow - it does look like a salted pretzel. Cool spotting, Tom!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

That's a brilliant find Tom. The Hemitrichia is not a fungi at all of course (kingdom Protista) and, being so ephemeral, I have often wondered if and fungi can use them. There we have it! Thanks.. :)

Tom15 5 years ago

LuckyLogan, I added this and another slime mold to your mission. I have plenty more pictures of slime molds and will put more on your mission.

LuckyLogan 5 years ago

Hey Tom, if you have the time, it'd be awesome if you could add your slime mold spottings to my mission for them

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Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Oct 12, 2014
Submitted on Oct 20, 2014

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