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Protozoa: Mycetozoa: Myxomycetes: Stemonitales: Stemonitidaceae: Brefeldia maxima (Fr.) Rostaf.

Brefeldia maxima – Tapioca Slime Mold

Synonyms: Licea perreptans, Reticularia maxima.

Common name: Tapioca Slime Mold.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Brefeldia maxima is a species of non-parasitic plasmodial slime mold, and a member of the class Myxomycetes. It is commonly known as the tapioca slime mold because of its peculiar pure white, tapioca pudding-like appearance. A common species with a worldwide distribution, particularly in North America and Europe. It is often found on bark after heavy rain or excessive watering. Their spores are produced on or in aerial sporangia and are spread by wind, however beetles of the family Lathridiidae are also reported to disperse the spores. Bonner states that soil invertebrates and rain mainly disperse spores as they are sticky and unlikely to be carried by air currents.

Danish: Kæmpeklat, Finnish: Rakkonen, Polish: Siatecznica okazała.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

Tapioca slime mold (<B>Brefeldia maxima</B>)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-05-07.htm">May 7, 2018</A>
LinkTapioca slime mold (Brefeldia maxima)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, May 7, 2018
Location on mapsIron Bridge Trail, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Tapioca slime mold (<B>Brefeldia maxima</B>)(?) on a log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-05-07.htm">May 7, 2018</A>
LinkTapioca slime mold (Brefeldia maxima)(?) on a log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, May 7, 2018
Location on mapsIron Bridge Trail, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Close up of Tapioca slime mold (<B>Brefeldia maxima</B>)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-05-07.htm">May 7, 2018</A>
LinkClose up of Tapioca slime mold (Brefeldia maxima)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, May 7, 2018
Location on mapsIron Bridge Trail, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Old brown colony of Tapioca slime mold (<B>Brefeldia maxima</B>)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-05-07.htm">May 7, 2018</A>
LinkOld brown colony of Tapioca slime mold (Brefeldia maxima)(?) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, May 7, 2018
Location on mapsIron Bridge Trail, College Station, TX 77845, USA

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