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Sea anemone inland??? Another of the weird things growing in the woods. Sorry, not the clearest of photos as it is getting dark, tomorrow promises rain so I did not want to lose it! No idea what this is, it is even the size of the anemone you get in europe, around 3-4 cm diameter. The white stuff at the back is a sort of slime.  Chocolate tube slime mold,Geotagged,Stemonitis splendens,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Sea anemone inland???

Another of the weird things growing in the woods. Sorry, not the clearest of photos as it is getting dark, tomorrow promises rain so I did not want to lose it! No idea what this is, it is even the size of the anemone you get in europe, around 3-4 cm diameter. The white stuff at the back is a sort of slime.

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  1. That's astonishing, Claire! I had never seen such a thing before, but did some searching. It looks like it's a Chocolote tube slime:

    http://publicphoto.org/mushrooms-2/chocolate-tube-slime-stemonitis-fungus/

    They are in this genus:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stemonitis

    If you pick the most likely species, I'll create the species manually :)
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. That's amazing Ferdy, thank you!
      Definately a stemonitis but as to which one is not so easy to ascertain. axifera, fusca,herbatica, pallida and splendens all appear to occur in South Africa although the nearest recorded spotting to my location is herbatica, so either we just go for Stemonitis sp. or chance it and go for Stemonitis herbatica.
      Reference here:
      http://www.cbs.knaw.nl/publications/mycoheritage/doidge/ch01s02.html

      Whatever it is, I think it is pretty awesome!
      Posted 4 years ago
      1. I am not so sure about Stemonitis herbatica. According to this source, the stalked sporangia of this species are much smaller.
        http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Stemonitis+herbatica&btxt=The+Eumycetozoan+Project&burl=http://./databaseframe.htm
        Descriptions of the species are compiled here - A Study of Taxonomy and Distributions of Genus Stemonitis
        http://www.shitennoji.ac.jp/ibu/images/toshokan/kiyo45-15.pdf
        Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
        1. What on earth would we do without you?! This site is perfect, thank you.
          Do you agree upon splendens?
          http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Stemonitis+splendens&btxt=The+Eumycetozoan+Project&burl=http://./databaseframe.htm
          Posted 4 years ago
          1. That's the one I was also leaning towards. It has long sporangia on short stalks. I will create an entry for it. Posted 4 years ago
  2. How bizarre! Posted 4 years ago
  3. That's great, thank you once again for all your help! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Don't forget to put it on the weird species list :) Posted 4 years ago
  4. Interestingly, this is only the 2nd slime mold on the entire site:

    http://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/amoebozoa

    Note that slime molds are a top category, like animals, plants, and fungi.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Very interesting, I had never even heard of a slime mold before, what a revolting name for something so beautiful! Posted 4 years ago
      1. Mob head chocolate tube slime mold. You found one! Posted 4 years ago

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Chocolate tube slime molds look like brown hairs growing on wood. These are clusters of stalked sporangia.

Similar species: Stemonitida
Species identified by WildFlower
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Uploaded Mar 7, 2014. Captured Mar 7, 2014 19:54.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/16.0
  • 1/10s
  • ISO4000
  • 100mm