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I see what you mean Martin - it could well be this. Unlike T. ferruginosa, I've never seen it, but I can't find any images (on iSpot or elsewhere) in which the spheres of plasmodia have fused as they have here. They seem to remain as individual blobs when nestled together. Any thoughts?
Sorry Nigel, I'm not exactly an expert but just spend hours with the books and Googling fungi... so my ID was mainly based on the last page of Michael Jordan's Encyclopedia where there are photos of both candidate IDs, L. terrestre looking much more like this Observation than T. ferruginosa, though this may be just that the Tubifera photo shows a yellow example. As to fusing in Lycogala, it merely mentions the plasmodium being more or less spherical but angular if compacted together. Having reread the text and regoogled, I see Tubifera comes in orange, vermillion or pink and is made up of hollow tubes (unlike Lycogala's walled fruiting bodies). So looking closely at the photos here I can see that it may indeed to be Tubifera! But I'm really not at all sure.
Don't apologise. I know very little about slime moulds, so I'm not sure either! I think a close-up shot may have helped.
Or a second visit to see how it has developed.
Many thanks for the dialogue regarding Tubifera or Lycogala. I shall try to obtain a close up photograph next week, so do look out for this to see the development. Regards, Gary
Gary, You might want to check the calendar of your camera.. I think iSpot takes the date from the photo (unless you over-rule it) and has put this one as 1st September 2010... Martin
Thanks Martin, I've been building a collection of photographs since last year, which explains the 2010 date etc. Interestingly, one of the trees, a mature multi stemmed yew tree, was peppered with fungi last year, & this year shows no sign at all?!
Thanks for your help with identification.
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