21 Apr 2023

Critter of the Week The coral slime mould

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is a species of slime mould that looks like ghostly forest coral. The coral slime mould (Ceratiomyxa  fruticulosa) is one of our most distinctive and abundant slime moulds. 

Scientists are still puzzling over exactly what slime moulds are – they're neither plant, animal nor fungi but these single-celled lifeforms can move, hunt for food and produce spores.

Slime mould - ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

Slime mould - ceratiomyxa fruticulosa Photo: supplied