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Snot

Observed: 21st February 2005 By: itsmeal
snot
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Description:

clear mucus blobs about 4-5cm across several blobs close together

Identifications
  • no idea
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Rob Coleman's picture

There are various discussions

There are various discussions about this stuff on ispot - see here http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/82898

(there's a link in this conversation to an observation of mine which also produced a long discussion http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/10095)

I found some last Sunday in a damp meadow.

So what is it?

There are a number of explanations. A clear jelly on dead wood is likely to be a fungus (Exidia spp.), but some observations are clearly not this.

A further plausibility is the stuff is amphibian related.

I think there are also a good number of observations that are yet to elucidate answers...

Rob Coleman

itsmeal's picture

snot

Hi Rob,
thanks for the info.When I saw this I thought it was melting snow, but it was too warm even at 300+m above SL. It was in the grass as you can see from the pic but it was also on a bank with a fence on top of it!I do not really favour the Frog/Toad theory as they would probably be hibernating at this time.The apparent cellular structure without DNA is possible as some cells do not have nuclei(human red blood cells, but not frog RBCs)Is it possible this is some form of mucus slough from the GI tract of a bird (or mammal)which contains degenerating cells .Birds swallowing whole fish or bony mammals must have significant protection to their oesophogae and stomachs and crops,this can be mucus and any irritant would cause excess production

Alan Edwards

markwilson's picture

blobs

Sometimes the name "star" or "astral" jelly has been given to this

Rob Coleman's picture

I've also often found this on

I've also often found this on fences and other wooden structures which might suggest the regurgitation theory.

In some cases an amphibian origin looks likely but not during winter when frogs etc. are dormant.

There is also 'star' jelly - (sometimes called Nostoc) - which is a known species of cyanobacteria and looks rather different (more regular and greenish). That said, the 'weird slime' is also referred to by this name.

The plot stays fairly thick!

Rob Coleman

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If these were anywhere near a

If these were anywhere near a garden it is possible they could be water retaining granules used in plant pots I suppose?

jimmymac2's picture

mussel

if it is anywhere near the sea it could be a regergitated mussel

James
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