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Slime mold fruiting bodies

Slime mold fruiting bodies
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Protoctista
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-30
Categories: Single-celled
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms and Slime Molds of the Chicago Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-31 16:05
Viewed: 4821
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These attractive little red things are the fruiting body structures of a slime mold,not sure what species though. When I first saw them, I assumed they were Tubifera ferruginosa, but after getting home and looking more closely at the photos, I'm not sure.

They aren't fungi, but were included with them in the past. In their motile plasmodial form, they are essentially a blob of naked protoplasm that crawls around through soil and under debris as they engulf and consume non-living organic matter, bacteria, spores and protozoa. When conditions are right, they crawl up onto logs, or plants and form fruiting bodies that produce spores, similar to fungi.

Their fruiting bodies can take on many different shapes and colors and are quite interesting to photograph. Some are very tiny and some are relatively large.

I hand-held the camera and used the built-in flash for fill lighting.

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Most beautiful things to come out of a sline mould! Nice photo. regards yiannis

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello John,
Another great shot indeed. I believe you were correct in your original assumption, they sure look like Red Raspberry Slime to me. They look exactly like the photo in my guide book. I have never seen this particular species myself, but hopefully someday I will. Super photo!!

Hi John,

Absolutely delightful composition and color contrast - the symphony of simpliness! Only the myxomycotas and the trunk - but the overall impression's fabulous! One of your best shots! Bravo.

Long ago I uploaded a pic to you, but probably you overlooked or weren't here on TN at that time - please click here if interested.

Friendly regards, László

Fantastic species and great photo John! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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