Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica; the “Dog Vomit slime mold”.

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

Fuligo septica

It is supposed to be edible and sometimes eaten in Mexico; said to be scrambled like eggs. It is certainly creamy inside when it is a plasmodium and surprisingly is just firm enough to pick up.

Fuligo septica

Interior of a Fuligo septica plasmodium

These are the drying aethelia/sporangia of that same species.

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

Interior of a Fuligo septica sporangium

After noticing some nice and fresh Fuligo septica plasmodia had crawled onto this log last summer, I’d mixed the plasmodia of several of them together in the palm of my hand intending to take the mess to the kitchen and check them out after a round in a frying pan with some butter. The smell was really strong and disgusting so, losing my appetite, I put them down on a stump.

Fuligo septica on a log

Fuligo septica on a log

Fuligo septica sporangium

Fuligo septica above forming a sporangium

Fuligo septica plasmodium

Fuligo septica plasmodium still soft and ice-creamy in texture

Fuligo septica plasmodium

closer view; Fuligo septica plasmodium

Fuligo septica plasmodium

Fuligo septica plasmodium closer

 

This is what was there hours later — they apparently did not like being mixed together as a wad in my hand. The second ‘battle’ image in this next sequence came from the LAIM site.

Fuligo septica plasmodia trying to separate

Fuligo septica plasmodia trying to separate

Fuligo septica plasmodia trying to separate

Fuligo septica plasmodia trying to separate

And the following day this hard material was all that was visible. I am guessing that material might be slime-mold sclerotia?

aftermath

aftermath

aftermath

aftermath

aftermath

aftermath

slime mold sclerotia

aftermath

slime mold sclerotia

aftermath

That was interesting and novel enough to cause me to try it again; this time using the plasmodia from just two slime molds.

As was the case the first time, I did not get a photograph of the starting point when the color was all a solid yellow.

slime war

The slime wars are beginning to get colorful

A while later:

slime war

They are trying.

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And still later that same afternoon:

slime war

Outcome of that slime war

One more time. (I yet again did not have a camera with me for the starting point so I suppose perhaps this year I should attempt this with better thoughts about documentation? I doubt any slime molds will agree so I might not bother them.)

slime war

The slime war is showing colors

slime war

slime war

slime war

The slime war is ending

slime war

Closer

Not nearly as impressive as the first one but still fascinating.

 

Trying it with just one plasmodium gave different results although produced the same sclerotia-like end material.

a disturbed slime mold

a disturbed slime mold

a disturbed slime mold

a disturbed slime mold

a disturbed slime mold

a disturbed slime mold

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a slime mold sclerotia

a slime mold sclerotia

 

I decided that I had no business tormenting slime molds or at least causing them to do something with their lives other than being productive as slime molds.

All of that did however give me some insight into the nature of some other oddities I had seen as also being asssociated with slime molds. As a result of that I now believe that both of these things may be sclerotia generated from Fuligo septica plasmodia during summertime? Notice there are two irregular flattish dark-red things towards the center and right back and at least five clumps of a raised and rounded brownishness towards the center and front?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia (interior)?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia? (interior)

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

maybe slime-mold sclerotia?

Purportedly if a person wants to raise slime molds, or keep them around as “pets”, the sclerotia is said to be a more reliable starting point than spores.

 

Lycogala epidendrum

These are the same species, Lycogala epidendrum AKA Wolf’s Milk Slime, sporulating on another log. These just crawled up to the surface within the last few days (May 2015).

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

Wolf's Milk Slime

Wolf’s Milk Slime

They started turning brown today.

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

I decided to look inside of one.

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

I believe that they are Wolf’s milk slime mold (Lycogala epidendrum).

This is how they ripen:

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

 

Same species; different log.

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Wolf’s milk slime mold

Wolf's milk slime mold

Inside of one of those balls