plasmodium of an unidentified white slime mold
Cool, eh? Can you ID? Much like Hermione in Goblet of Fire, I feel like the library, er, internet, has finally failed me. Just as well, considering I never even knew moving (yes, moving!!!) amoeba-like slime molds (mold being a misnomer) existed until I posted a yellow-colored many-headed slime (Physarum polycephalum) over 3 years ago. I haven't been able to tack down an ID on this small white beauty. Oh, I found plenty of other slime molds, which all seem to be peculiarly named like tapioca slime (Brefeldia maxima), chocolate tube slime (Stemonitis splendens), pretzel slime (Hemitrichia serpula), and dog vomit slime (Fuligo septica). Lovely. It doesn't help with ID that slimes change quite a bit as they age, as Stevie Smith captured so well over the course of 60 hours. I found his pictures through this Flickr Hive Mind that has some beautiful pictures (Is "hive mind" supposed to be like a shared BBC's Sherlock "mind palace"?). Interesting to note, this slime completely avoided the redwood cones, and yet it seemed to like the needles. Do the cones taste bad? Or had they only recently fallen? I wished I had remembered to go back and check how this one progressed after a couple hours. How quickly do slime molds move in real time?