Bright yellow and bizarre forms are typical for this Slime Mould

Dog Vomit Slime Mold

Fuligo septica is a species of plasmodial slime mold, and a member of the Myxomycetes class. It is commonly known as the Dog Vomit Slime Mold. A common species with a worldwide distribution, it is often found on bark mulch in urban areas after heavy rain or excessive watering. Their spores are produced on or in aerial sporangia and are spread by wind.

Like many slime molds, the cells of this species typically aggregate to form a plasmodium, a multinucleate mass of undifferentiated cells that may move in an ameboid-like fashion during the search for nutrients. Dog Vomit Slime Mold plasmodium may be anywhere from white to yellow-grey, typically 2.5–20 cm in diameter, and 1–3 cm thick. The plasmodium eventually transforms into a sponge-like aethalium, analogous to the spore-bearing fruiting body of a mushroom; which then degrades, darkening in color, and releases its dark-colored spores. This species is known to have its spores dispersed by beetles (family Lathridiidae).

Dog Vomit Slime Mild grows on rotten wood and plant debris, but can also grow on the leaves and stems of living plants.



Dog Vomit Slime Mold

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