Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Slime moulds and fungi

It's late September and normally I wouldn't be looking for fungi but this last winter in southern Victoria has been wet and the mosses, mulch and logs are all still saturated so some of the fungi are still happy to send up their fruiting bodies to the air. And not only fungi. There's a whole other Kingdom called Slime Moulds and I've found some of them as well.

These are some that I've seen in the last week or so.

Fungi, Coltricia australica growing in debris on the forest floor at Inverleigh.
Slime Mould on grass, Inverleigh

Slime Mould on grass and moss, Homerton
Slime Mould (I think. It could be called Tubifera. Update: See comments below.) and moss on an old dead tree trunk.
Slime mould on an old tree trunk. It was very, very small and I don't know if the blue discs are a separate species of fungi.


Ken Bushwalker said...

The red one is definitely a slime mould, and the others as well except the blue discs may be a fungi. The red one is Tubifera ferruginosa, common name Raspberry slime mould.

Christopher Taylor said...

Tubifera is a slime mould, not a fungus.

Lorraine Phelan said...

Thank you Ken and Christopher. Much appreciated.