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Nectria Fungus

Although it looks like a slime mould, I think this a fungus of the genus Nectria, possibly Nectria magnusiana or Nectria coccinea.

These tiny red spheres are the sexual stage (teleomorph) in the life cycle of this fungus; the asexual stage (anamorph) consists of little pink cushions.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-03-26 and 2010-03-07, respectively.

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