116 Slime Molds

Slime Molds

Posted on September 23, 2008 by

Macro photos of slime molds 1

This Russian guy is fond of making photos of the 'slime molds' - micro mushrooms that grow on the plants.

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Macro photos of slime molds 2

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116 Responses to “Slime Molds”

  1. Simon says:

    Brilliant! I love slime molds. When I had my own, they were considered fungi. I guess they aren’t considered fungi anymore…

  2. maxD says:

    Amazing pictures! The only thing lacking is – you guessed it – the voice of David Attenborough.

  3. yingjai says:

    I saw micro-pretzels and micro-strawberries lol

  4. Leo Petr says:

    “Mold”, in the fungal sense, is a non-count noun in English. Like “sugar” and “water”, it doesn’t have a plural form.

  5. aerosquid says:

    Great pics. More posts like the ftw.

  6. Otto says:

    ya, like Internets (C) G.W.Bush

  7. Burrow Owl says:

    Awesome pics!

    But then, I have come to expect nothing less from your site.

    Thank you for providing those of us who have not had the pleasure of living in (or visiting) your country the opportunity to view its treasures in a manner that is far superior to any newspaper article, television show or tourist guidebook.

  8. Vampyre_Smiles says:

    Molds can be correct if there are different types of mold…

    That being said, some of those molds were interesting, and other were kind of creepy… But it was very cool.

  9. Maracas9 says:

    These are …….. Russian slime molds then??!

  10. w says:

    They look delicious

  11. ER viewer says:

    Russian photographers FTW

  12. Swede says:

    Slime molds – just because something cool happens daily on 1/6 of the Earth surface

  13. Slime moulds are fascinating; they live at the border between unicellular and multicellular.

    For most of their life, they live the life of a amoeboid single-cell. Then one of them decides it’s time to reproduce and sends out a signal (cyclic AMP) to all the others in the area, which flow together into a vast heap. When enough have come together, they turn into a “slug”, which moves in a particular direction rather like the treads on a tank. When the slug has reached a suitable spot, it then differentiates: some of the cells turn into a long stalk which lift the others, which turn into a spore pod, up out of the layer of laminar air near the ground into the turbulent air further up. (This is because spores can travel a long way in turbulent air; in laminar air they’d just drop straight back down to the ground.)

    The fascinating thing is that these cells, which are originally identical and individual organisms, come together and undergo different fates: the ones which form the stalk never reproduce; they sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the ones which form the spore pod.

    The one most studied by scientists revels in the name of Dictyostelium discoides.

    • Bjartur says:

      Quite interesting. Thank you.

    • John says:

      Possibly interesting- when I was researching the molecular mechanism of memory in hippocampal neurons, a DB search for the molecules I was looking into kept turning up papers on D. discoidium. 4 months and 700+ principal research papers later, i had found the organism to have all the principal molecular players of the presynaptic space of the pyramidal cells responsible for long term potentiation (believed to be the principal mechanism for memory formation). Whats more, most of the molecular pathways were conserved and several of the pathways known for years in ‘Dicty’ have recently been confirmed to be present and necessary in mouse hippocampal neurons.
      I.e. these little guys, because of their genetics and ease of observation, may end up providing a lot of information on how humans are able to think!

    • Skon says:

      The high school teacher I had for Biology 101 way back in 1979 described Slim Molds as not being part of the Animal kingdom or Plant kingdom but part of another… I don’t remember which but there were two mentioned “Monera” and “Protista” (not sure of spelling). I remember seeing a really cool time lapse film of slime mold in that class. It was very interesting how it progressed through it’s different life cycles. Slime mold is a very very interesting life form. By the way where can you get some slime mold to study and can you keep it in something like a terrarium or a empty fish tank? I assume all slime mold needs for food is the proper vegetation and dead wood? I’d love to get into photographing them myself!

  14. The Saint says:



  15. caelus says:

    very colorful, looks delicious too :)

  16. Goblin says:

    Kewl! The pink one looks like a candy!

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  19. Just a surfer! says:

    WOW, great.

    Some look like alien life forms and others like alien landscapes.

    Brilliant for inspiration!

  20. Blog Opinion says:

    Hey that look like type of Fungi…I have never seen such a thing.

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  22. Snowflake says:

    @TheSaint: I’m not the photographer, but even I can see that it’s not photoshopped, it’s just two photos taken at different times. You can see that the yellow one has aged, there are more cracks/folds in the surface. I guess that mold turns yellow as it ages, too.

  23. These are the best photos of slime molds I have ever seen! Truly remarkable.

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    In Soviet Russia mold slime youu!

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  28. critic says:

    already posted like a year ago… good try though.

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  30. I’ve always believed that calling these things “slime molds” was very unfortunate. They are truly beautiful living things. Some of them also exhibit very complex behavior in intra-cellular communication:


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  32. Aggitan says:

    Are any of these safe to touch? I have a strange urge to touch this stuff.

  33. GROVE51 says:


  34. Eduardo M Vadell says:

    Dear Artists and Scientists:
    You have added more beauty to the beautifull nature. God will thanks you for your effort to obtain the spirit He put in his work!. These incredible photos help science to be capture and understood for all us all. Congratulations!!!

  35. Alan Kellogg says:

    Neither animal or plant. Green plants are descended from green algae. Fungi and animals are descended from different slime mold kingdoms. That’s right, slime molds come in at least four kingdoms, and one is a bacterial kingdom. To learn more about slime molds search for the key words “slime” and “mold”. Wikipedia is a good place to start, but be sure to check out other sources.

    Those little buds? Fruiting bodies. Each contains spores created by some of the ameoboids that make up the slime mold slug. The slug itself is hidden under the leaf litter and other debris. So in that sense a slime mold is sort of like a fungus.

    The life cycle of slime mold is grossly fascinating, and fascinatingly gross. Read up on it and remember that some of these guys is descended from one of our ancestors.

  36. ntopics says:

    Never seen mold like these.
    They do look slimy.
    Nice job taking the pictures.
    Very unusual shapes and colors.

    thanks from
    tony :-)

  37. Ian says:

    Great photographs, though I must admit I find most of these absolutely terrifying.

  38. leeann says:

    Brillant photos. Fascinating.

  39. Orbiter66 says:

    Do you know the name of the photographer?

    Thanx – Orbiter66

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  43. Lisa says:

    Almost surreal, some of the shots do look like alien landscapes. Interesting subjects. Nice job!
    Would love to take a walk with the photographer and see with his vision.

  44. Steve says:

    My, that was a yummy slime mold!

  45. Janet says:

    My sister sent me this link – absolutely fascinating and beautiful. Like alien life forms.

  46. Ma. Esther says:

    Me gustaron mucho las fotos, son preciosas, llenas de color y formas mágicas… que bueno que capten fotos tan especiales

    Saludos desde México

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  48. Dr.Ozdi says:

    Slime molds are really nice, I have to try take some snapshots as well, thanks for your inspiration! :-)

  49. Design freak says:

    wow, they are beautiful

  50. Rei says:

    Oooooh! Weeeeird but so cool.
    Arrgh I feel icky now xD
    But in a good way!

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  53. BACONATOR says:

    oh, they’re beautiful =P eww

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  58. Mostafa says:

    it is a shame that i hated them !!
    so cute!!!
    um gona grow some on my feet

  59. Susan says:

    these pictures aregorgeous. I picturesd them as little organic soft sculptures in an art gallery. Very inspiring if you think along those lines.

  60. Susan says:

    I’m inspired! I want to make a “collection” of fungi this summer with photographs.

  61. Barry Paine says:

    I featured some of these in a film, ‘The Rotten World About Us’, BBC2 1979, and we were intrigued by the pulsations observed in these organisms when photographed in time-lapse by OSF,UK,Ltd. These are stunning stills. I bet Taylor Lockwood has something comparable in his picture library in the US. Well done EnglishRussia! These are stunning.

  62. michaelk says:

    You are a Master of Slime Mold photography. Thanks to your dedication and knowledge, I have had a wondrous experience this day. And, thanks also to some of the comments I have also received an introductory overview into a segment of Biology.

  63. Hugh says:

    I’d love to know the timescale of the last photo (the animated gif). I figure it’s 5 days or so, but that’s just a SWAG.

  64. mycatwilatackyou says:

    cool pictures !!

  65. l_e_cox says:

    I studied botany when I was in high school in Michigan.
    I ran across slime molds in the books.
    They are not easy to spot, and they only live in very damp places.
    I found one once, in its gelatinous stage. A very interesting sight!
    They are definitely one of the more wondrous life forms.

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  73. andy g says:

    Beautiful images. What camera and lens was used???

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    The little spherical white ones on stalks remind me of the Kodamas from Princess Mononoke

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  79. Al says:

    I’ve heard it said that slime mold is kind of a “missing link” in evolution in that it exhibits some characteristics of the animal kingdom, specifically differentiation in morphology as well tasks in order to make the organism function the way that it does. We may owe quite a bit to the lowly slime mold!

  80. Harriet says:

    I truly think these slime molds were magnificent, beautiful photography. Harriet

  81. Harriet says:

    These pics are magnificent.

  82. Openeyed says:

    That last GIF animation was pretty neat!

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    Hell yes its awesome

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    These images are very cute and neat, Thanks

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  91. jake says:

    Wow so cool. im gonna go find a forest now

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  95. Boris says:

    Hi, amazing. Which camera and lenses did you use? Kind regards

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