Species: Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
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Description:
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SPOROCARPS: Unlike other myxomcetes, these consist of a series of erect, simple or branched columns taking the form of a poroid or effused crust. White but some times pink or pale yellow, yellow/green. Growing up to 4 mm high and forming extensive sheets.

NOTES: This small 2 mm but common and conspicuous species looks more like white frosting when viewed by the naked eye a hand lens is need to see there beauty.

COMMON NAME:
Coral slime
 
SPORES: Attached individually by thread like stalks, White in mass, hyaline by transmitted light, smooth, ovoid or elliptical 6-7 x 10-13 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM: Watery and translucent.
HABITAT: Scattered clusters over well rotten logs after rain.

DISTRIBUTION:
Cosmopolitan, NZ wide.
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Macro images:
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Found growing on soft spongy wood with this iteresting tree like struture.. Scale = 0.35 mm.
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A close up of the more tipical form. Scale = 2 mm.
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Tipical form when growing in the open.Scale = 2 mm.
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A simple unbranched fruiting body form. Scale = 1.5 mm.
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Ceratiomyxa fruticulosaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1.5 mm.
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The spores that are produced individually of the end of a thread like stalks, these spores can be seen in this close up if you look carefully.Scale = ? mm.
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Plasmodium:Scale = 5.7 mm.
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