On my way out the other day I noticed a bright yellow blob on the bark of a fallen tree by the gate. Must get a photo of that, I thought — but I forgot for few days.
When I returned with the camera, the bright yellow had turned orange, with older purple edges and only small oozings, awfully like custard — or worse — showed yellow.
Now I had not seen this before, but from previous investigations into another of the family, I knew it must be a slime mould, Myxomycota. They’re not fungi but tend to be lumped with them.
I had been fascinated that they move about like amoebae, reproducing into perhaps thousands of ‘daughter cells’; then, at some sort of chemical signal, they all get together and make a larger organism.
Some species make such large organisms that a horror movie, The Blob, was inspired by them.
This is one of the most common, worldwide, I had read. It’s in my fungi book as Fuligo septica, with the common name of ‘Flowers of Tan’, but the much less poetic and more apt names I found to be most common elsewhere were ‘Dog vomit mould’ or ‘Scrambled egg mould’!
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Nice story. I love Slime Molds.
Some have very different forms – barely recognisable as related to your “group”.
That links to your comment about them being “lumped in with the fungi”. So little is really known about these organisms.
On that basis alone I think it is great to see them reported whenever they appear.
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