Egg-shell Slime Mould - Leocarpus fragilis


The bright yellow images show the slime mould, or plasmodium stage.  When they mature they become dry and turn brown then grey and produce blackish spores. They have a very brittle outer wall that cracks and fractures into angular pieces.

Identification difficulty

Pine needles, logs, stumps, debris or sometimes they climb living plants.

When to see it


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under-recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map