When: 2008-10-30

Collection location: Kinderhook Trail, Wayne National Forest, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

These rather nondescript little blobs of fungus are pretty common on hardwood logs, and I think I have also seen them on pine. The ones pictured here were growing on elm. Both Twizzler and I posted observations of them earlier this year, but so far no IDs.

Species Lists


Proposed Names

4% (2)
Recognized by sight
-28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Cushion Fungi. See page 25 in Bessette, Bessette and Neil.
Used references: Bessette, Arleen R., Alan E. Bessette, and William J. Neill. 2001. Mushrooms of Cape Cod and the National Seashore. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York. 174p.
76% (2)
Recognized by sight: These imperfect fungi produce conidiospores within holes, and do indeed seem to be embedded in aspic! see these flckr phtotos:
Used references: Index fungorum lists Leucogloea as the current name.

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yay! you found it! way to go, Darv.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-01 09:57:57 CST (-0500)
I agree that there are many kinds of snails and I certainly don’t know all of their laying habits.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-31 21:19:34 CST (-0500)

however, the location of the “eggs” (fairly exposed, scattered arbitrarily across a limited landscape, but one which it would have been difficult for a snail to manuveur) and
the size differences of the blobs (some are just emerging, some are decaying, they are different sizes even when globular and white) make me believe these were not laid by any animal.

on the other hand…what it is?…I dunno. slime mold? puffball in aspic?

Not much in the way of developement
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-10-31 13:34:02 CST (-0500)

I have been watching these things for a while (not these specimens), and they never seem to develop into anything at all. They just turn brown and fade back into the wood. You can see some of them turning brown and deteriorating in the top right of photo 27349.