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Slime Molds Myxomycetes

For those of you who are returning to this website, here are the latest shots. First time here? Intro is a few photos down. Although it is getting further and further down as I add new photos to the top of the page.

Sometimes when photographing or looking for slime mold I come across other interesting looking life forms which I assume are likely fungi. So I am going to start including photos of these intriguing non slime molds. These tend to be even smaller than the slime molds and often I find them when I look at the back of my camera checking on a slime mold shot.

I think this a fungal group that I noticed when photographing a myxomycete. This is approx 1/10 the size of the myxomycete, which is in the following two photos.

Arcyria sp
Close up
I call this one Burghers of Calais.

Seven days and one heavy rain later and we're down to one burgher.

At a quick glance this Honeycomb coral slime mold (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa) looks like a deer, which I often see when out photographing slime molds. I'm in the woods, afterall.

I don't know the name of everything I see.
A beetle in the Physarum forest.

Slime molds are an interesting, small generally, life form that was thought of as fungal for a long time, It is now recognized as its own kingdom. We non-biologists tend to think of life forms as being either plant, animal, or fungus and now we need to add slime mold (myxomycetes). Back in March of 2023 I was introduced to the existence of myxomycetes because of my interest in macro photography. And I have been hooked ever since. It took a few months for me to actually find one and now (largely due to the time of year) I find them pretty readily. I have a three mile walk that I have been doing for years now that goes through a local park. This park has a log that is host to a number of genera of slime molds. They will be show cased here. Usually what is photographed is the fruiting body stage of their life cycle. So I will start with a photo taken as a Tubifera ferruginosa aka Raspberry slime mold was changing into a fruiting body. This first photo is of a single cell with multiple nuclei that is spread out about an inch across. The next photo is of part of it already changed into a fruiting body which will release spores for starting the next generation.

And here's one that looks like Raspberry slime mold but for the color.

But both of them end up like this.

And some end up as snail food, apparently.

Next shots possibly genus Stemonitis. Approx. 2mm tall

I think this is the same as the ones above just not growing up side down.

Lycogala epidendrum, aka Wolf's Milk, comes in different colors.

Physarum sp taken 24 hours apart. Like most of the fruiting bodies shown here these are very small. 2mm or less in height and photographed at 2 to 4 times magnification.

Honeycomb coral slime mold. Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

Next to a fungus

Super close up showing the individual spores

Cribraria cancellata.

Another one I haven't identified.

𝘈𝘳𝘀𝘺𝘳π˜ͺ𝘒 π˜₯𝘦𝘯𝘢π˜₯𝘒𝘡𝘒, aka Carnival Candy Slime Mold, photos taken one day apart.

Every now and then while photographing a small creature will wonder into the picture.

Pretty interesting variety of life on one log, I'd say. Photos taken over a period of a couple of months. Also observed while photographing, fox, deer and many people walking their dogs.