Licea operculata
(Wingate) G. W. Martin
SPOROCARPS: total height 0.4 to 0.9 mm. Sporangia scattered, usually stalked, rarely sessile, urn shaped or subglobose, 0.1 to 0.3 mm. diam., brown or nearh' black, with a convex, dull yellow, glossy lid; sporangial wall cartilaginous, opaque from deposits of refuse matter; lid mem branous, minutely papillose.
STALK: cylindrical, rough, furrowed, nearly black from dark refuse matter.
NOTE: this species is so small, and concolorous with the habitat, that it is almost impossible to find it except accidentally along with another colection.
SPORES: yellowish in mass, almost colorless by transmitted light, smooth, 8-11 m diam.
PLASMODIUM: dull orange
HABITAT: on bark.
DISTRIBUTION: cosmopolitan, Auckland and North Canterbury.
Macro images:
Licea operculata
Scale bar
Scale= 0.5 mm.
Hidden Forest
Slime Moulds