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Brynna Woods White fungus8aug2013

Observed: 8th August 2013 By: marksteermarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Brynna Woods White fungus8aug2013
Description:

Very white spongy mass about 0.5cms thick where I sampled. Fairly dry and no discernable smell.
Located on top of fresh molehill.
Under oak and ash saplings.

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

Amadan's picture

I'd say

It was a Slime Mould in the process of coming together. (They're single-celled creatures that can combine to produce a sporing body.)
If you revisit the site in a day or so, you may find a single mass, which would confirm my suspicions.

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Thanks I was wondering! I

Thanks I was wondering! I have come across a couple of slime moulds - Reticularia lycoperdon and Fuligo septica - in this area. They are fascinating creatures!
Any idea which this one might be?

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Amadan's picture

Not really

R. lycoperdon is a possibility, but it's usually found on wood when it "amalgamates". There are nearly 1,000 species worldwide, but no idea how many in the UK.

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Looking again yesterday and

Looking again yesterday and today nothing much has changed except today seems to be going a little cream coloured. Also same on adjacent molehill.
I have seen R. lycoperdon locally and this is not same.

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