Diachea leucopoda (Witpootglinsterkopje (BE) / White-footed Slime (EN)) is a species of slime mold living on decaying leaves and young stems.
Slime mold is a broad term describing fungus-like organisms that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi, but are no longer considered part of this kingdom. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". (I already described the life cycle of slime molds with the image posted on 21/10/2010)
In this image you can see an overall view of the last 5 cm of the leaf of a decaying Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra), covered with sporangia of Diachea leucopoda. An individual sporangium is max. 0.6mm in diameter and between 1 and 1.5mm in hight. This image is posted in order to get an overall view of the species. During next days I will post some realy close macro-images of this species. In this image they appear to be almost black, but getting closer and closer the species will reveal some marvelous color patterns ...
Image: Wijnegem (BE) - 08/10/2010
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