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These little things are showing up in clusters on the edges of leaf litter, underside of bromeliads and wood l, what are they? They look like tiny mushrooms but I don't think that's what they are. they turn dark brown after a day and then that's it so far.
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These little things are showing up in clusters on the edges of leaf litter, underside of bromeliads and wood l, what are they? They look like tiny mushrooms but I don't think that's what they are. they turn dark brown after a day and then that's it so far.


Iíve had similar growths, in both yellow and white. I believe they are actually a fungus, nothing to worry about
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Greetings,

This is not a fungus but a slime mold. Slime molds are more closely related to things like amoebae than fungi. Slime molds live as individual amoebae until they aggregate to reproduce. The aggregate, slime stage is a web of gelatinous filaments that eventually gives way to individual spore stalks (as you see in your picture). The spore stalks then mature by drying-out - ready to scatter their powdery spores when disturbed by raindrops or wind.
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Greetings,

This is not a fungus but a slime mold. Slime molds are more closely related to things like amoebae than fungi. Slime molds live as individual amoebae until they aggregate to reproduce. The aggregate, slime stage is a web of gelatinous filaments that eventually gives way to individual spore stalks (as you see in your picture). The spore stalks then mature by drying-out - ready to scatter their powdery spores when disturbed by raindrops or wind.
You are a wealth of knowledge kimcmich, thanks. I've never seen slime mold like that before, its pretty cool looking. Always appreciate your expert opinions. Cheers.
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The stalks are called sporocarps and the tops are:sporangium. I don't know why I love slime molds so much, but i always consider it a good sign when you see them show up in a new vivarium- it means you have an ecosystem that is attractive to life. They are going to clean stuff up for you.
Watching slime molds in time-lapse is a very educational thing, not only the movement; but the expression of intent from the simplest of organisms says a lot about life itself.
To That End, here's a playlist of entertaining slime mold videos:
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The stalks are called sporocarps and the tops are:sporangium. I don't know why I love slime molds so much, but i always consider it a good sign when you see them show up in a new vivarium- it means you have an ecosystem that is attractive to life. They are going to clean stuff up for you.
Watching slime molds in time-lapse is a very educational thing, not only the movement; but the expression of intent from the simplest of organisms says a lot about life itself.
To That End, here's a playlist of entertaining slime mold videos:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...YJv9kP_yaQhRiq
Haven't been fortunate enough to get a slime mold in any of my vivs in the nine years I've been a dart frogger. Hopefully one day though haha.
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Haven't been fortunate enough to get a slime mold in any of my vivs in the nine years I've been a dart frogger. Hopefully one day though haha.
Must be all the fungicide floating through the air in the San Joaquin valley. I'd send you some, but i don't think it'd make it past the agricultural cops. LOL.
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Must be all the fungicide floating through the air in the San Joaquin valley. I'd send you some, but i don't think it'd make it past the agricultural cops. LOL.
Haha perhaps. But I didn't get any when I lived in San Diego either. That's where I've spent the majority of my frogging years. One of these days I'm sure some will pop up when I least expect it.
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didn't think it's worth a new thread, so here is an ACTUAL fungi. This mushroom sprouted, withered, and dissolved in about a 24 hour period.
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didn't think it's worth a new thread, so here is an ACTUAL fungi. This mushroom sprouted, withered, and dissolved in about a 24 hour period.
Very cool. Love when they pop up in my tanks too even if it's only for a day that I get to enjoy them.
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