White Coral Slime Mold

Coral slime (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa) has a worldwide distribution and is one of the most common varieties of slime mold. It grows on rotting logs in shady, moist areas. I found this patch in the wooded ravine behind my home in southwest Washington State. The thread-like stalks were no more than a millimeter long.

To find out more about the fascination world of slime molds check out Orange Slime Mold.

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10 Responses to White Coral Slime Mold

  1. montucky says:

    It’s well-named!

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  2. Finn Holding says:

    As Montucky said, it is very aptly named, it looks a bit like rime too.

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  3. Interesting. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  4. Bruce Hagen says:

    Wow, pretty amazing. There is a mostly unseen word of fungal ‘miscreants’ growing on dead organic matter on and within the soil. They are nature’s highly efficient recyclers. They speed the return of mineral nutrients back to the soil and to other microorganisms, particularly plants.These beautiful and minute saprobes are just part of a very complex and far-reaching food web.

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  5. Great find! You’ve completely converted me to the delights of slime mold. 😀 It’s beautiful!

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