red raspberry slime mold

(Tubifera ferruginosa)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

red raspberry slime mold

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Occurrence

Common and widespread

Season

June through November

Habitat/Hosts

Rotted logs and moss

    Photo by Kirk Nelson

Identification

The fruiting body is a plump, pillow-shaped mass of tightly-packed, oblong, spore-producing structures (sporangia). Each sporangium is oblong, to 3 16 (3 to 5 mm) high, and less 1 64 (0.5 mm) wide.

The mass (pseudoaethalium) has a knobby, raspberry-like surface and can be up to 6 or more in length. It is held to the substrate by white stalk-like structures, but unlike fungi, it does not penetrate the substrate. It is pink to bright red when young, becoming purplish, then clay-brown, and finally brown at maturity.

It is not edible.

 
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Taxonomy
Tubifera ferruginosa is a species complex containing at least seven species; T. ferruginosa sensu stricto, T. applanata, T. corymbosa, T. dudkae, T. magna, T. montana and T. pseudomicrosperma.


Taxonomy

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Amoebozoa

 

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Mycetozoa

 

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Myxogastria (plasmodial slime molds)

 

Order:

Liceales

 

Family:

Reticulariaceae

 
Synonyms

Tubulifera arachnoidea

 
Common
Names

red raspberry slime

red raspberry slime mold


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Sporangium

A spore bearing structure, as of a fern, moss, or slime mold. Plural: sporangia.

       

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  Tubifera ferruginosa sporangia development
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Published on Oct 18, 2010

Time lapse video of the slime mold Tubifera ferruginosa developing a sporangium. Original time approx. 72 h

 
     
  Tubifera arachnoidea - 2016-04-17
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Published on Apr 21, 2016

(Tubifera arachnoidea). Also known as: Tubifera ferruginosa, Tubulifera arachnoidea.

Geo location: 52.04944 4.21445

 
     

 

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6/25/2018

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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