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Yellow Slime Mould

Yesterday morning I came across this yellow slime mould on the end of a log.  It was near some old Ganoderma applanatum fungus, but that might have just been coincidental.  Most of the slime mould's sporangia had burst to release the fluffy yellow spore mass, leaving a honey-comb of empty sporangia shells:

Under the microscope the spores look like this (x600):

And the spore mass contains these twisted capillitium filaments with pointed ends (also x600):

Taken together these indicate that the species is Trichia varia.

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2012-04-04.

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