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Lycogala epidendron

Lycogala epidendron
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Protoctista
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-29
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/18.0, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Slime moulds - Myxomycetes - Protoctista [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-25 4:00
Viewed: 7433
Points: 14
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Lycogala epidendron.

NOTE: There in a WORKSHOP , showing what happens if you cut one of these.

Hello. Here I post another photo of one of my fauvorite subjects, a slime mould. Quite a lot of time from last TN post about them. If you don't know what is this, here you have a little explanation. This is not a plant, not an animal, not even fungi, is belongs to Protista kindom... or not... naturalists are still discussing :)

In the forest, when taking fungi shots, we came across a group of little orange balls, growing on rotten wood. Looking for an id, we found it in one of our amateur field guides. It was included in a page at the end, dedicated to Myxomicetes. It was a Lycogala epidendron. When I searched for more information, I was really surprised with what I found. Some of the things I could see in the forest, were not plants, animals or fungi. I new about the 4th. natural kindom, Monera (bacterias and so on), but I did not know that Protista existed.

- "Members of this class are commonly referred to as slime moulds. These have thought to belong to both animal and fungi kingdoms at one time or another. It's now known that they are quite unrelated to animals and fungi and now are classified in the Kingdom Protista.

However slime moulds do exhibit characteristics of both fungi and animals. In the feeding stage, the slime moulds moves about as a mass of protoplasm (the plasmodium) feeding on bacteria, spores, and other organic matter much like an amoeba. When the food supply is exhausted or other unfavourable conditions occur, the plasmodium changes, taking on the appearance of a fungus." -

This explanation is included in Clive Shirley's web site. It is a pity he is not anymore in TN, he moved some time ago. At least we have his beautiful HiddenForest web page where you can find further information about slime moulds, and a lot of beautiful photos.

I have my own theme where I try to include all slime moulds that appeared in TN, you can have a look HERE, we already have a nice collectionof weird thigs :).

If you know of any other photos that might be included, please tell me.

Interesting info about the Natural kingdoms and Slime moulds:
* A nice description in Wikipedia.
* A great article from Dalhouie University HERE.

Main pic.: F18 - 3.2 sec. - Manual mode - ISO 100 - Tripod
Workshop: F16 - 3.2 sec. - Manual mode - ISO100 - Tripod

Hormon_Manyer, LordPotty, marianas, Miss_Piggy, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hi Felipe,

You're right, momentarily slime moulds aren't fungi. :) Actually they differ a lot from "real" fungi (ascomycetes, basidiomycetes etc.). This species You photographed is quite common.

Photo itself is beautiful, great camera angle, colors and sharpness. I tried to shoot this one several times, but none of my pics became as good as Yours. Congrats and tfs.

As You know, I can't write a critique without mentioning any problems. :) Official name of this species is Lycogala epidendron, not epidendrum. Anyway, not only Your photo but also the theme You created is great, interesting.

Friendly regards, László

Hi Felipe & Cristina,
Wonderful to see you posting your beautiful fungi images again.
I did not know this about Lycogala.I had no idea it was a Slime Mold.
This is a perfect photo of this colony.
Very nice work.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Felipe1
What a great shot of this little Lycogala epidendrum.
Details and colors are perfect.
Wonderful capture!

Hallo Felipe
It is a pity I cannot rate your workshop because I found that image very interesting and the colours ever so beautiful.

Your image of today reminds me of a lot of oranges stacked together. This is yet another beautiful fungus shared with us. This fungus has markings on the hood with the rough texture pleasantly visible. The dried branch on which it is growing creates a natural effect. I like the almost full framed composition. The colours are warm and wonderful. I always thought a mushroom is a mushroom until I started with Trek Nature, then I realised how far from wrong I was because I then only discovered the wonderful world of fungi. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-07-25 9:00]

This is really good image but I got to know many things here about these wonderful species, I didn't know something like this existed. tfs.

Hola Felipe,
Ciertamente, es un "no hongo como un hongo" (je je je... eso mientras los naturalistas discuten!) muy interesante!... aquí no he visto nada parecido!... y la foto en el workshop es aún más asombrosa! que de cosas las que tiene la naturaleza!... gracias por permitirnos ver esta. Saludos, Feliz semana, Jesús

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-25 22:50]

Hi Felipe.
Yes, it is your firm style of fungi shooting. Brilliant details of an amazing subject with group of charming creatures. Colours. Lights, blurriness of the BG are also superb. Shot at whole is very nice and pleasant for look.

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