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Nov 10, 2012 8:26 PM

Is this a fungus ... or what?

Found at the Warburg Reserve in Oxfordshire on October 24th.  The spheres are of the order of 1mm diameter.

 

If not a fungus, then what is it?!

 

Pancho44.

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    Nov 11, 2012 8:21 PM (in response to Pancho44)
    Re: Is this a fungus ... or what?

    I don't think they are fungi - slug or snail eggs maybe. 

     

    Were they buried in the soil or under leaf litter; or were they right on top as in the picture?  What is the brown stuff under them?

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        Nov 11, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to Pancho44)
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        Not sure if it would be a slug or a snail, you will need an expert for that! 

         

        I thought slugs and snails buried their eggs in the soil but maybe if it is very moist, or the soil is hard, they might not bother.  A few times I have seen a large snail making a hole for its eggs - it shaped its foot into a kind of trowel and pushed it right down into the soil, at least a couple of inches!

         

        Had a search online but couldn't find much.  It seems that slugs hide their eggs away too, though maybe not always dig holes.

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    Nov 11, 2012 10:47 PM (in response to Pancho44)
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    Hi,

    I think it is possible that this a type of slime mould, like this or this (Pictures near bottom of pages on both sites).

     

    Jen

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    Nov 12, 2012 1:56 PM (in response to Pancho44)
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    Hi Pancho44,

     

    Jen is correct, the orbs are slime mould and so in answer to your question, yes, it is a fungus.

     

    zenith

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      Nov 12, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to zenith)
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      Hi,

       

      while slime moulds were orginally classed with fungi, they no longer are. They are now classed within the   Amoebozoa as amoeboid protozoa. More info about them can be found here. Slime moulds diverged from the lineage which eventually split to form the fungi kingdom and the entire animal kingdom. In other words they are as closely related to us as they are to fungi ... There is a nice phylogenetic tree here showing the relationships.

       

      Jen

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        Nov 13, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to Jen)
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        Hi,

         

        Apologies, it seems things have been reclassified while I wasn't looking .

         

        zenith

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