A slime mold I think. Is it possible to ID it any futher?
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A few people have found this but not sure if there are similar species.
Fascinating. How did you arrive at this name, Mike? What ID resources are there for slime moulds? Is there a scheme or society for them? Incidentally, there are photos on the Encyclopedia of Life page for this species that look very like David's specimen. Follow the link
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Just by looking at some of the earlier posts and following some of the links on EOL and some other web links. I have not found a good resource specifically for the myxos of the British Isles yet though.
Checked this out using the Bruce Ing handbook and it keyed out to Arcyria denudata.
Of course there is always a danger of confirmation bias when using keys when you think you know what the answer is. But I'm happy enough to click that I agree with this one.
I've had a go with Slime Molds in the past and found 'The Myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland: An Identification Handbook' by Bruce Ing to be very useful. Bruce has also been helpful looking at specimens.
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Thanks, Dan. I must take a look at it.
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