British slime moulds, Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa, Coral slime, slime mould, slime mould on dead tree
While out walking on Wednesday I spotted this large expanse of something white on the side of a huge old fallen tree and, of course, I had to investigate.
As I got closer, I realised it was the slime mould Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa, a mass of tiny translucent white tubes, often branched, clustered together like terrestrial coral or sea anemones.
As this plasmodium stage of a slime mould often only lasts a day or two, the timing of my walk was very lucky indeed.
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