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Diachea leucopoda

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 December 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/15 second F/14.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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kitty from Seoul, South Korea

This is amazing -it looks abstract. i look forward to seeing their true colors ^^

2 Dec 2010 6:08am

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Fascinating stuff. Amazed at what you scratch out! Great image.

2 Dec 2010 7:50am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-Roi, France

bravo and thanks for this discovery of little things !

2 Dec 2010 8:48am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful shapes and details!

2 Dec 2010 9:16am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Incredible organization of these molds ... very surprising!
I'm curious to see the macro that will follow
have a nice day

2 Dec 2010 11:19am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Was es so alles gibt auf dieser Welt und daß man davon auch noch so ein einmaliges Foto machen kann.

2 Dec 2010 7:19pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

funny pins !!

2 Dec 2010 7:40pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Uitzonderlijk mooi wondertje der natuur.....!!

2 Dec 2010 8:28pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, NC, United States

Wonderful shot, Johan!... and a very interesting portfolio of absolutely fascinating organisms... unique on Am3, to my awareness. Your images reveal so much about the wide range of textures we never get to see, let alone appreciate, in real-time (if ever). I won't likely remember the G.sp. names, but I will stop by regularly to see the next visual treat you offer us! Thanks for sharing this one!

2 Dec 2010 8:38pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb capture and I found the information very interesting

5 Dec 2010 7:38am

Canon EOS 400D
1/15 second
ISO 200
150 mm