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Chondromyces apicualata

Packets of bacterial cells are produced by Chondromyces, a genus in  the Mycobacteriales.  These 'social' bacteria or 'slime' bacteria flow together in massive numbers and produce fungus-like fruitbodies with the large 'spore-like' packets of bacteria on top of a tall stalks. You can just about see the rod-shaped bacteria that fill the spore-like packets.   See also the low power shot click here.