"Hello again David,
It's always been thought that slime mould species are cosmopolitan, although there has probably not been enough research in some places (especially Australia) to confirm this. I know a couple of species, including…"
The 'fuzz' that first appeared in your moist chamber is fungal growth and definitely not a plasmodium. I've had a quick look at Les Myxomycetes (French text by Poulain et al) and your 'blackberry'…"
"Hi Steve, Yes, moist chamber technique would be the best way to introduce students to species other than P. polycephalum. I tried it once with almost immediate results. (I live in a forest in northern Tasmania and have access to a rich array of…"
The days are slowly getting warmer after an unusually cold winter in Tasmania this year. In fact, it was warm and sunny enough last Sunday for a tiger snake to be sunning itself on the track on the way to the large bryophyte-covered eucalypt stump…
I collected this 1.7 mm high Cribraria sp. today (28 Aug. 2017) from a very strongly decayed eucalypt stump. When the sporangia first appeared about a week ago they resembled a collection of blue-grey beads.
The type specimen of Lamproderma echinulatum, i.e. the original specimen used by an author to describe a new species, was collected in Tasmania in the 19th century.Extensive colonies of this iridescent species appear on moss or wood on large old…
Physarum viride is a common species in some years but absent in others. This year (2017) there are numerous small patches of fruiting bodies on the wood pile as well as many small active yellow plasmodia, presumably of the same species.
It's always exciting to find active plasmodia in the field and I check them regularly in eager anticipation of finding and identifying their fruiting bodies. Some form exquisite sporangia but other seem to retreat into the log or other substrate never to be seen again.
I have had a life-long interest in birds and a more recent interest in plants, fungi, invertebrates and just about every aspect of the natural world. For the past seven years I have been studying slime moulds in a tall wet eucalypt forest in northern Tasmania (Australia) and have collected over 120 species - all within one kilometer of my home.
In 2014 I published "Where the slime mould creeps - the fascinating world of Myxomycetes". There's more information on my website:
Only joking regarding "not fitting the descriptions" - it's a useful excuse I can use when I can't identify something ;)
I use Poulain and also Ing (which has a good key but not good illustrations). Nannenga-Bremekamp's book looks very good. I don't have a copy - it's quite expensive but looks like it could be worth the investment.
Your collections are fantastic. Unfortunately I have quite a few other responsibilities at the moment which mean I am in the field less than I would like.