Art Culture

This Incredible Phenomenon Produces Natural “Glitter” in Fungi

Tasmanian naturalist, Sarah Lloyd, has spent years documenting over 120 species (over 10% of the global total) of a natural phenomenon called myxomycetes, or “slime mould.”

According to Sarah, these organisms colonized the land at the same time as plants — somewhere around a billion years ago.

“They’re absolutely exquisite organisms and, unfortunately, slime mould isn’t a good name in that it doesn’t convey their beauty,” Tasmanian naturalist Sarah Lloyd said.


Myxomycetes include a unique, and gorgeous species called the Elaeomyxa Cerifera, which is an iridescent purple fungus that bursts open and releases spores that look like glitter!

Myxomycetes, also called Mycetozoa, phylum of funguslike organisms within the kingdom Protista, commonly known as true slime molds. They exhibit characteristics of both protozoans (one-celled microorganisms) and fungi. Distributed worldwide, they usually occur in decaying plant material. About 500 species have been described.

SOURCE: Britannica.com

Browse the gallery below to see some of the fascinating, and strangely beautiful species Sarah has captured in her journey.

To learn more about Sarah’s work, be sure to visit her website, which contains a vast compendium of information about this incredible phenomena!

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