Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thank you, google images.

     It looks like my beautiful anemone slime mold is a Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa and the descriptions for Olga and Helga match those of the Brefeldia maxima

     I like this little tidbit: "The scientific name was designed to be defamatory as the plasmodium was thought to be particularly ugly.[8] The genus is named after German botanist and mycologist Julius Oscar Brefeld (August 19, 1839 – January 12, 1925)".

     It's good to know that even mycologists are capable of being be little dipshits. Also, naming them Olga and Helga somehow seems all the more appropriate now.

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