A photogenic "Slime mould" which is quite common if you look carefully (maybe 2 mm tall)
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Is it as shiny as it appears? I've seen photos on Wild About Britain but this is super!
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Yes it goes through this shiny stage before it matures. I will see if I can add more photos.
It starts out as an almost white blob develops into the shiny black orb on a stalk. It then takes on a slightly less shiny "granular" texture, then a dull brown as it matures and finally when the spores disperse you are left with an open network of capillitium threads.
I think 'orb' is a lovely description! What a complex life cycle for such a tiny thing. Thanks for the extra photos.
Another astonishing fungi... looks so much like a tiny button on a stalk I thought it was some sort of trick at first!
Actually slime moulds are not fungi, they are in a different kingdom. Never sure whether to move the ones on ispot over into 'other organisms' category or not as its perhaps easier to deal with them under the fungi group heading. Quite an interesting article about them on wiki page:
which also meentions some of the ones we commonly get on ispot such as Stemonitis fusca and Fuligo septica.
I think Slime Moulds are wonderful things, not least due to their complex lifecycle, about which I bored family and friends for weeks after first finding out about it. They seem like tiny Transformers the way they change along the way. I think they should stay under fungi on iSpot, as they have historically been studied by mycologists, appear in many books about fungi, and would get lost amongst those weird and wonderful other organisms.
Additionally reputations in ''Other Organisims''do not seem to function as intended.
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