Observation 139618: Mycetozoa Bary ex Rostaf.

When: 2013-06-30

Collection location: Edmunds, Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)

No specimen available

In mixed woods after two days of heavy rain.

Proposed Names

19% (2)
Recognized by sight: moist area on twigs—not urban setting
Used references: from MO name page: " In anticipation of fruiting, P. polycephalum will assume a very dense, opaque yellow color, will search for a dryer location, and then form a thick, continuous, verrucose layer that will segment within an hour. Over the following hour, the flat segments round up into knobs…" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physarum_polycephalum
25% (2)
Recognized by sight: There are many slime molds with yellow or orange plasmodium. Without fruiting bodies we can’t be sure what they are.

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The truth.
By: Thomas Laxton (Tao)
2015-09-06 00:27:00 CDT (-0400)

There are many different Myxogastria with yellow plasmodium and of the 132+ species of Physarum, of which less than half of the plasmodial colors are known, there are 29 known to be yellow.
Many Myxogastria are opportunist and eat whatever is consumable and available around them. They are not host specific. To make an identification from plasmodium alone without fruiting material to examine is truly an assumption anyway.

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