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Myxomycetes

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Slime mold (or mould) is a broad term describing some organisms that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi but are no longer considered part of this kingdom. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". This is mostly seen with the myxomycetes, which are the only macroscopic slime molds. Found in a wide variety of colors, more than 900 species of slime mold occur all over the world and feed on microorganisms that live in any type of dead plant material. They contribute to the decomposition of dead vegetation, and feed on bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. For this reason, these organisms are usually found in soil, lawns, and on the forest floor, commonly on deciduous logs. Most slime molds are smaller than a few centimeters, but some species may reach sizes of up to several square meters and masses of up to 30 grams.

  • Glenda Walter described a sighting

    Sighting Unidentified slime mould, near Toowoomba

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    Sighted 16 Feb 2019
    Glenda Walter 17 February 2019
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    Glenda Walter says

    On a tiny scrap of bark, a slime mould in the Sporangia stage. Each tiny head was about 2 mm high.

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  • Glenda Walter added a sighting

    Unidentified slime mould, near Toowoomba

    Slime mould

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    Sighted 16 Feb 2019
    Heifer Creek, near Toowoomba 4350

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  • Teresa and John identified a sighting

    Sighting Diderma sp.

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    Sighted 10 Feb 2019
    Teresa and John 12 February 2019
    Diderma
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Physarida: Didymiaceae: Diderma
    Teresa and John says

    Myxomycete

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  • Teresa and John described a sighting

    Sighting Diderma sp.

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    Sighted 10 Feb 2019
    Teresa and John 12 February 2019
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    Teresa and John says

    Another beautiful myxomycete species found growing on dead leaf below the Lilly Pilly tree in the back yard.

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  • Teresa and John added a sighting

    Diderma sp.

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    Sighted 10 Feb 2019

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  • Teresa and John identified a sighting

    Sighting Physarum cinereum

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    Sighted 7 Feb 2019
    Teresa and John 11 February 2019
    Physarum cinereum
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Physarida: Physaraceae: Physarum: cinereum
    Common Names: Fungi, Fungi
    Teresa and John says

    Physarum cinereum

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  • Teresa and John described a sighting

    Sighting Physarum cinereum

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    Sighted 7 Feb 2019
    Teresa and John 11 February 2019
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    Teresa and John says

    First appears as a black mass on the lawn and slowly changes to grey as the day progresses. This is the first year we have seen this species and were quite surprised by its appearance. It is closely gregarious, elongated merging into short plasmodiocarps about 0.5mm across, calcerous greyish white at maturity

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  • Teresa and John added a sighting

    Physarum cinereum

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    Sighted 7 Feb 2019
    Dalmeny NSW

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  • Teresa and John described a sighting

    Sighting Cribraria sp.

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    Sighted 30 Jan 2019
    Teresa and John 11 February 2019
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    Teresa and John says

    Note the net like covering of the exterior of the sporangia.

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  • Teresa and John added a sighting

    Cribraria sp.

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    Sighted 30 Jan 2019
    Box Cutting Kianga

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