Plant ID forum: Mold or Fungus?

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 14, 2015 4:04 PM CST
Came across this on a plastic tray whilst doing a fall cleanup by my potting table. It's very tiny and growing on a piece of bark/dirt. Anyone recognize it?

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porkpal
Sep 14, 2015 6:13 PM CST
Very pretty whatever it is!
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Zencat
Sep 14, 2015 7:22 PM CST
It really is pretty. My guess is mold based on nothing except that was my first thought.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 14, 2015 7:27 PM CST
It is pretty! I've researched pink and white mold and fungus on google images and can't find a match or even close to one.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Sep 14, 2015 9:28 PM CST
It has an almost crystalline look to it. I wonder if it could be a mix of a mold and a lichen? There are a number of pink lichens.
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kniphofia
Sep 14, 2015 9:41 PM CST
Possibly a type of slime mould.
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HamiltonSquare
Sep 15, 2015 12:04 AM CST
This looks like fruiting bodies of some mold or other. There full of spores.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 15, 2015 7:22 AM CST
I sent off the picture to a Mycologist in England for ID .. hopefully they will get back to me soon.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 15, 2015 7:29 AM CST
Well that was quick I just checked my email Sue, you win first prize!!!

Hi Anne,

I am fairly sure that it's a kind of Slime Mould, a group of organisms once
considered to be fungi but now known to be quite different. I can't ID the
species, but you can see a small selection of Slime Moulds on my page here:

http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/~slime-moulds.php

Very best wishes,

Pat


Thanks to everyone who replied. At least I can narrow it down to find the species.
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lauribob
Sep 17, 2015 1:32 PM CST
What a nasty sounding name for something that is kind of pretty!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 17, 2015 2:52 PM CST
Indeed! I don't think it's reached the 'slime' part yet.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Sep 17, 2015 7:50 PM CST
Did you touch it?
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 17, 2015 9:24 PM CST
Nope.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Sep 17, 2015 9:27 PM CST
Here are a few more images and info.

http://www.pbase.com/diggitydogs/fungi_slime_moulds_jellies_...

http://www.microbeworld.org/types-of-microbes/protista/slime...

And if you find them as neat...in a curious fashion as I do Thumbs up the you can learn more here

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/myxomycetes.html
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 17, 2015 10:24 PM CST
Thanks for the links Jean! .. I do find them fascinating.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Sep 17, 2015 10:49 PM CST
You are so welcome. This link is full of Mother Nature's sense of humor. Whistling Scroll either way...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Fungi/Selected_species#...

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