Observation 4490: Mycetozoa de Bary ex Rostaf. (Site ID) (Eumycetozoa)

Not a fungus here, and I’m not a big fan of looking for slimy molds, although they are pretty cool things, very strange life forms.

Anyway, I just had to include these here, hadn’t seen them before. The mass of small white “eggs” on cords is pretty neat. On a very rotten, wet log, with the sparse grouping on the side, and the dense grouping on the bottom.

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Looking at web photos…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-02-18 21:52:12 EST (-0500)

Looking at the photos on the web, it looks like you are right. Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa is just all white, and semi-branched, with no “stalk”. Where these are attached to the substrate with a wire-like “stalk”.

So, I don’t know what these are, and I’m not sure how much I really want to know about slime-molds…

Stalks are present
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-02-18 17:39:03 EST (-0500)

In Ceratiomyxa, the stalk is the sporangium. It is all one unit. Here we have a stalk with a clearly defined sporangium on the tip of the stalk.
Photo Gallery of Myxomycetes

Katsaros, P. 1989. Illustrated Guide to Common Slime Molds. Mad River Press, Eureka, CA. 66p.