Egg-shell Slime Mould - Leocarpus fragilis

    Description

    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
    Habitat

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

    When to see it

    Autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under-recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map