A Comatricha Species (Slime Mould)
I was looking around our garden, searching for macro subjects but finding nothing much.
Then I picked up a piece of dead, rotten bramble stem lying on the ground.
A group of stalked, brownish objects got my attention.
I have tried to identify it. I am fairly confident that it is a Comatricha species but it has a structure I have not seen in any Comatricha images on the internet or in my books. It is the yellow to pale brown to dark brown, shiny link* between the stems of some of the fruiting bodies.other fruiting bodies in the colony appear to arise directly from the substrate (bramble stem).
- Not visible in the fourth image and as a pale form in the last.
The field of view for most of the images is 7mm wide.
The stereo is crosseye.
Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11 ISO 2000 or ISO 600, twin flash hand-held.
Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at x2.5 and f8 or f11 ISO 800, twin TTL flash hand-held.