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Tubifera ferruginosa

Tubifera ferruginosa


Three rounded lumps of brown-purple-grey rubbery with some breaks in the 'skin'; The skin seems made of compressed nodules but at the breaks I could clearly see the nodules were only the ends of columns. These lumps were approx. 80mm long.


This was in the top of a very old eucalyptus stump that had well filled over years with moist forest dross. All in tall, dense eucalyptus forest.


from "Slime molds form structures called plasmodia which are naked (i.e., without cell walls) masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner." here come another big learning curve for a non-biologist! (I couldn't find the ladder it used to get up there.:) Thanks to AlexKonig for the identity.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AlexKonig 8 years ago
red raspberry slime mold
tubifera ferruginosa Tubifera ferruginosa

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AlexKonig 8 years ago

done with pleasure ! it could also have been red! Colors are undependable because very variable. this one should have colors from light-pink to dark-red,--> when maturing it turns into that dark color, we have here!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

That looks like the right thing Alex. It's amazing to think that it was probably bright pink at some point because we just don't get colours like that in the Aus bush. Thanks for the help.

AlexKonig 8 years ago

thats looks like ripe fruitingbodies of the "tubifera ferruginosa"

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 12, 2012
Submitted on Mar 12, 2012

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