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Slime Molds

While not technically fungi, slime molds are studied by mycologists. Fungi colonize wood by spreading their hyphae into the interior of the wood. Slime molds move by spreading a plasmodium across the surface of the log. Most slime molds will produce spore bearing surfaces that are similar to mushrooms, causing professionals to assume they were members of the fungal lineage. We now know, through genetic research, that they are not fungal.

Brefeldia maxima

Brefeldia maxima

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa var. fruticulosa thumbnail

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
var. fruticulosa

Lycogala epidendrum

Lycogala epidendrum

Stemonitis splendens

Stemonitis splendens

Tubifera ferruginosa

Tubifera ferruginosa