CORAL SLIME

Ceratiomyxa fruticolosa

CERATIOMYXACEAE FAMILY (Ceratiomyxaceae)


Description
The erect, branched or simple structures of this organism look like small icicles or like tiny pieces of erect coral. They are whitish and translucent with a fuzzy appearance because they produce their spores on their outside surfaces. Individual fruiting bodies are tiny.

Occurrence
This slime mold is found clustered on dead wood; June through October. It is common everywhere in Fontenelle Forest but often changes its appearance.

Comments
Great numbers can occur on a log or piece of wood covering many many inches or even a yard or more of woody surface.



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Coral slime

Coral slime

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