Topics » Science & Technology   April 3, 2012

Slime Molds, Revealed

Fused Stalks and Spores

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Fused Stalks and Spores

The fruiting bodies of this slime mold, Metatrichia vesparia, resemble clusters of berries. The stalks below are typically reddish in color, and fused together. The black bulbs will eventually release spores to be carried away by the wind or passing creatures.

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