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Pretzel Slime Mold on Bark
Hemitrichia serpula

Location

Middlebury, Vermont, United States

Date

05/04/2021

Description

The words "slime" and "mold" don't exactly conjure images of beauty. But myxomycetes organisms are known commonly as slime molds and are often stunning in color, texture, and form. Many slime molds are named after the objects that they resemble such as pretzels, raspberries, chocolate, coral, scrambled eggs, and even cotton candy! Because of similarities in habitat, appearance, and reproductive cycle, slime molds are often mistaken for fungi, but they are classified as protists along with amoeba and other single-celled organisms.

Photo Link

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNSSUrNMBRs/

Learn More

https://www.nature.com/articles/nature.2012.11811
Meg Madden
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