red raspberry slime mold

(Tubifera ferruginosa)

Conservation Status
red raspberry slime mold
Photo by Kirk Nelson
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Description
 
 

Red raspberry slime mold fruiting body is a plump, pillow-shaped mass of tightly-packed, oblong, spore-producing structures (sporangia). Each sporangium is oblong, to 3 16 (3 to 5 mm) high, and less 1 64 (0.5 mm) wide.

The mass (pseudoaethalium) has a knobby, raspberry-like surface and can be up to 6 or more in length. It is held to the substrate by white stalk-like structures, but unlike fungi, it does not penetrate the substrate. It is pink to bright red when young, becoming purplish, then clay-brown, and finally brown at maturity.

It is not edible.

 
     
 

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Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Rotted logs and moss

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

June through November

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  9/2/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Protozoa (protozoans)  
  Phylum Mycetozoa (slime molds)  
  Class Myxomycetes (true slime molds)  
 

Order

Liceales  
 

Family

Tubiferaceae  
 

Genus

Tubifera  
       
 

Tubifera ferruginosa is a species complex containing at least seven species; T. ferruginosa sensu stricto, T. applanata, T. corymbosa, T. dudkae, T. magna, T. montana and T. pseudomicrosperma.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

red raspberry slime mold (Tubifera ferruginosa ssp. acutissima)

red raspberry slime mold (Tubifera ferruginosa var. albostipitata)

red raspberry slime mold (Tubifera ferruginosa var. complanata)

red raspberry slime mold (Tubifera ferruginosa var. ferruginosa)

red raspberry slime mold (Tubifera ferruginosa var. subungulata)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Tubulifera arachnoidea

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

red raspberry slime

red raspberry slime mold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Sporangium

A spore bearing structure, as of a fern, moss, or slime mold. Plural: sporangia.

 
 
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  What Is This Red Raspberry Slime?
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Published on Jun 5, 2017

While walking through the woods, I discovered this red raspberry slime on a log. What is it, and what's it doing here? Check out the video to learn more!

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  Tubifera ferruginosa sporangia development
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Published on Oct 18, 2010

Time lapse video of the slime mold Tubifera ferruginosa developing a sporangium. Original time approx. 72 h

 
  Tubifera arachnoidea - 2016-04-17
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Published on Apr 21, 2016

(Tubifera arachnoidea). Also known as: Tubifera ferruginosa, Tubulifera arachnoidea.

Geo location: 52.04944 4.21445

 
       

 

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8/30/2021

Location: Kramer Lake & Wildwood Park, Stearns County

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7/29/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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6/25/2018

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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