Observation 67954: Comatricha alpina Kowalski

When: 2011-05-22

Collection location: Lake Almanor, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: David Rust (incredulis)

No specimen available

on rotting log in lodgepole fir pine forest. turquoise beetles swarming from below resemble termites.

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By: David Rust (incredulis)
2011-05-26 11:37:26 CDT (-0500)

I sent this observation to Dr. Steven L. Stephenson, University of Arkansas, who suggested:
It is often difficult to give a complete ID of a myxomycete from an image, but what you have appears to be Comatricha alpina (or something similar). This is a snowbank-associated myxomycetes that is not too uncommon in the mountains of western North America.

In his book, “Myxomycetes, A Handbook of Slime Molds,” Comatricha alpina is described as having “shorter (only 2 to 4 millimeters tall), much more densely aggregated sporangia.”

By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-05-23 11:59:37 CDT (-0500)

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