That’s true of our local parks too: they may be places of wonder, but they also contain some insects that frankly gross me out. So, just in time for Halloween, here are seven of the creepiest living organisms in the park.
1.† “Dog Vomit” Slime Mold
Let’s start with a truly disgusting sight. The scientific name for this is “Fuligo septic,” but doesn’t “dog vomit” describe it better? You know if you’ve ever seen this bright yellow slime mold, most likely in mulched areas, or on compost piles. Yes, it looks like a fungus, but it is actually a slime mold, an aggregation of cells all stuck together like one big blob. And in case you’re not grossed out enough yet, you should know that this “plasmodium” can move, like a giant amoeba, in the direction of nutrients.
First Photo: thinkstock; second photo: ~Squil~
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