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Pretzel Slime Mold - Hemitrichia serpula Orange, pretzel-shaped network of slime mold strands.<br />
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Slime molds do not form penetrating  or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls.  Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner.  They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually,  the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.<br />
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the<br />
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.<br />
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Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Slime molds do not form penetrating or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls. Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually, the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.<br />
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the<br />
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67029/pretzel_slime_mold_-_hemitrichia_serpula.html<br />
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Slime molds do not form penetrating or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls. Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually, the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.<br />
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the<br />
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67029/pretzel_slime_mold_-_hemitrichia_serpula.html<br />
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Pretzel Slime Mold - Hemitrichia serpula

Orange, pretzel-shaped network of slime mold strands.

Slime molds do not form penetrating or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls. Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually, the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.

Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.

Pretzel Slime Mold - Hemitrichia serpula Orange, pretzel-shaped network of slime mold strands.<br />
<br />
Slime molds do not form penetrating or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls. Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually, the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.<br />
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the<br />
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67029/pretzel_slime_mold_-_hemitrichia_serpula.html<br />
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Pretzel Slime Mold - Hemitrichia serpula Orange, pretzel-shaped network of slime mold strands.<br />
<br />
Slime molds do not form penetrating or absorptive masses of hyphae on the wood substrate. Rather, slime molds form structures called plasmodia, which do not have cell walls. Plasmodia are masses of protoplasm which can move and engulf particles of food in an amoeboid manner. They creep over surfaces, engulfing bacteria, fungal spores, protozoa, and particles of nonliving organic matter. Eventually, the plasmodia turn into spore-bearing structures.<br />
In Hemitrichia, the plasmodium forms a plasmodiocarp fruiting body where the spore-forming structure retains the<br />
shape of the main veins of the plasmodium.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Under the bark of a snag in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67029/pretzel_slime_mold_-_hemitrichia_serpula.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67032/pretzel_slime_mold_-_hemitrichia_serpula.html Fall,Geotagged,Hemitrichia serpula,Pretzel Slime Mold,United States

    comments (13)

  1. The world of fungi and molds never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think you've seen all there is to offer! The large shot gave the impression it was huge (this is the power of macro photography)...so the shot with finger is truly astonishing. A fascinating find, and I think utterly beautiful. And superb and informative documentation as ever Christine. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thanks so much, Ruth! It was a great find for me - something I've been wanting to see for a long time :). Posted 10 months ago
  2. Absolutely spectacular! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! Posted 10 months ago
  3. This stuff always makes me think of jalebi... and get or make some. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Yes, definitely! Posted 10 months ago
    2. I asked my wife what come to her mind after seeing this image and the answer matched to yours. I scrolled later to find your comment. LoL Posted 10 months ago
      1. Haha! Posted 10 months ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    The Pretzel Slime Mold (Hemitrichia serpula) may resemble a pretzel, but I doubt it’s delicious or salty…And, it isn’t edible anyway. Slime molds are often studied by mycologists, but they are not fungi. Rather, they are eukaryotic organisms that can either live freely or aggregate together. Most species are tiny, but others can be over three meters long. There are at least 900 species of slime molds, and they are found on every continent. {Hemitrichia serpula, spotted in Connecticut, USA by JungleDragon moderator, Christine Young} #JungleDragon
    Posted 2 months ago
  5. Simply wonderful! Slime molds really do rule! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! And, I agree- they are awesome! Posted 2 months ago
  6. Christine, what a great find! So now besides crawling around the damp forest floor on my hands and knees looking for things I have to start tearing off pieces of bark from rotting stumps. Much appreciated. Keeps me off the streets! Gary Posted 22 days ago
    1. Thanks Gary! Looking under bark is always exciting, especially when you find slime molds that look like pretzels made out of Cheez Whiz.

      Hahaha! I'm glad to help keep you off the streets ;P. You crack me up!
      Posted 21 days ago

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Hemitrichia serpula is a slime mold in the family Trichiaceae.

Similar species: Trichiida
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Sep 30, 2018. Captured Sep 30, 2018 11:42 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm