Identification: need help, black hairy fungi

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Eko Cahya, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Eko Cahya

    Eko Cahya New Member

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    found this fungi on the log in forest. it is black, and look like hair. i'm not sure if it is phyomyces or stemonitis, could some one tell me the difference? here are some picture of the fungi, on the log and under microscope (400x). does anyone can identified this fungi? thank you
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    fungi on the log
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    it is about 0.5 cm long
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    400x under microscope
     

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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Eko - nice find!

    This is a myxomycete, a slime mold, called Stemonitis. It is in a different kingdom than fungi. Myxomycetes are extremely interesting, I recommend checking out information on these. Yours is in late stage of spore release.
    Thank you for sharing the microscopic images!

    The difference between Phycomyces and Stemonitis, using regular vision, is that Stemonitis come typically in these packed clusters, thickened with spores the top 2/3 or so and a thin wiry looking "stem" below, whereeas Phycomyces are taller, bushy, tiny bobble on the end.
    That is a good question - while answering it I realize that these two very unrelated clades superficially bear more resemblance than I had considered before.
    Phycomyces is also growing from a substrate like dog poop, whereas Stemonitis has found a log or stumptop, to get high up to release spores.
    Stemonitis also go through a shape and colour transformation to reach this spore release stage, and I don't think Phycomyces look much different as they grow.

    cheers,
    frog
     
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    Thanks Frog, good to know that was stemonitis, I was looking for large fungi, so stemonitis is not my target. Thanks for answering my question, it was confusing for me because it producing dark spores when I found it.
     
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