Species of the Week: Dog Vomit Slime Mould

Photo by Sarah Wray

This Dog Vomit Slime Mould (Fuligo septica), our #SpeciesOfTheWeek, was found clinging to a dead tree along the Point Trail. This species is also commonly referred to as the scrambled egg slime due to its yellowish slimy nature. This slime mould is known to travel around damp and wet areas in search of nutrients and for reproduction. They can travel distances of over a meter. The good news is that this slime mould poses no threat to you or your dogs. Unlike regular fungi, slime moulds have no cell walls. Slime moulds, of which there are over 900 species, also inspired the science fiction movie “The Blob” which was released in 1958. Overall, Dog Vomit Slime Mould is certainly an interesting species to find while hiking one of the many trails at Murphys Point.

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