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Wolf's milk (Lycogala epidendrum)

Wolf's milk or Groening's slime (Lycogala epidendrum) is a slime mold which feeds on microscopic organisms, such as bacteria or fungi, and is commonly found on decaying wood. Although slime molds may superficially resemble fungi, these life forms are now known to be unicellular organisms in the unrelated Protista kingdom. Nevertheless, they are frequently encountered by mycophiles (mushroom enthusiasts), and are therefore included in a number of mushroom field guides.

Wolf's milk (Lycogala epidendrum).  Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0149
Wolf's milk (Lycogala epidendrum), young, fresh specimens. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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Wolf's milk (Lycogala epidendrum).  Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0118
Wolf's milk (Lycogala epidendrum), older specimens which have developed an exterior crust. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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