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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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04 May, 2013

Slime Mould (Reticularia lycoperdon)

After spending quite a while thumbing through my fungi books looking for this species I reverted to puting the photograph on to the Open University Ispot website for the experts to take a look at and in no time at all I have an identification, Reticularia lycoperdon.
So why was it not in the fungi books? Because it is not a fungus, it is a slime mould! Slime moulds were once believed to be a form of fungus and do share many properties but they are now classified as a seperate life form and they are very much a specialist subject. There are not that many common species as far as I am aware but this one is quite common on dead willows and birches.
Find out more about this slime mould here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species/slime-mould-r-lycoperdon