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Fungus 001 (528 x 396)

Observed: 24th November 2011 By: valdix
fungus 001 (528 x 396)

These bright yellow beads were found on fallen Scots Pine needles - smaller than ants' eggs and more delicate. Are they a fungus, insect eggs? Please help three puzzled birdwatchers.


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Refugee's picture

We have got it all over here

Mucilago crustacea it growing all over the place this year. I have found it growing up a 5cm thick silver birch stem of all places. It should vanish more quickly than Myxomycetes if i am right.


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... is a general term for slime moulds (myxa = slime; myketes = fungi, although they are now known not to be fungal), rather than a species or rank, so Mucilago crustacea is a myxomycete. This picture doesn't look like the usual white, frothy stuff, hence Fenwickfield's more general ID.

(To confuse things further, myxomycetes was never a taxonomic rank. Slime moulds seem to fall under Mycetozoa and Myxogastria).


Refugee's picture

Newly emerging

When i went quickly through the observations it looked the same color as a newly emerging Mucilago crustacea but i looked again at the image and there are more prominent particles in it so perhaps the general ID is better.