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Life Among the Slime Molds

 
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Ken Ramos
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 12:33 pm    Post subject: Life Among the Slime Molds Reply with quote


Stemonitis axifera
EOS 20D
1/250 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100
430EX Canon Speedlite w/diffuser
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Canon Macro USM

Stemonites axifera is a slime mold. This particular specimen was found growning on the decaying limb of a tree lying on the forest floor at Curtis Creek Old Fort, North Carolina. In the following microphotographs, taken using the Meiji EMZ 13TR stereomicroscope equipped with a Sony DSC W5 digital camera, one can see that the slime molds are not alone in their existance and like any other form of life they too are subject to predators/scavengers. Smile


Sony DSC W5
1/6 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100 EV +0.3
Meiji EMZ 13TR Stereomicroscope
Dual Pipe Fiber Optic Halogen illumination

I have not researched these tiny macroinvertebrates to find out exactly what they are. There are such things as slime mold beetles which feed upon the fungi. These invertebrates what ever they are, seem to be feeding upon the spores having been dispersed by the sporangia. As one can see, they are covered with spores and each of the millions of spores have the capablility to produce a myxoamoeba or an amoebo-flagellate, also known as a swarm cell. Smile


Sony DSC W5
1/4 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100 EV +0.3
Meiji EMZ 13TR Stereomicroscope
Dual Pipe Fiber Optic Halogen illumination
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken, these are very interesting pictures. Those critters do remind me of some beetle larvae. Carpet beetle larvae come to mind, but these have not nearly so much hair!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that they might be slime mold beetle larvae but they don't seem to be. I Googled the beetle but it made no reference. They sure laid waste to the sporangia though. Thanks Rik. Very Happy
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