Dog vomit slime mold - Fuligo septica
A very aptly named slime mold! The name alone grosses me out. The plasmodium of Fuligo septica eventually transforms into a sponge-like aethalium that is analogous to the spore-bearing fruiting body of a mushroom. When the aethalium degrades, it releases spores.
When I brushed at the surface, the yellow and black layers underneath became visible.
Habitat: Growing in wood chips in a rural area.
''Fuligo septica'' is a species of plasmodial slime mold, and a member of the Myxomycetes class. It is commonly known as the dog vomit slime mold or scrambled egg slime because of its peculiar yellowish, bile-colored appearance. A common species with a worldwide distribution, it is often found on bark mulch in urban areas after heavy rain or excessive watering. Their spores are produced on or in aerial sporangia and are spread by wind.