Sunday, 12 June 2016

Nice weather for slime moulds

Thought I'd go and see if there was anything going on in the woods today, with the warm wet weather we've been having.

I found another slime mould.

That log in the foreground providing some prime slime mould habitat.

It was a distinctive mustard-yellow colour and growing in clumps, reminiscent of Sideshow Bob's hair.

After some judicious Google image searching and reference to The Myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland, I'm reasonably confident this is Arcyria obvelata.

The yellow, drooping and loofah-like sporangia (structures which holds the spores) are identifying features of this species, which the book says is very common throughout the British Isles.

And here's one of those sporangia under the microscope. Definitely looks like a loofah!

For the record
Date: 12/06/16
Location: Horton Wood, Small Dole
Grid reference: TQ208127 (site centroid)
Recorded entered into iRecord

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