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Leocarpus fragilis      Egg-Shell Slime Mould

At maturity the sporangia of Leocarpus are yellow-brown to red-brown. They have a very brittle outer wall (= peridium) that cracks and fractures into angular pieces. The spore mass inside is black with whitish capillitial threads running through. The sporangia have stalks but these do not support the sporangia in an upright position. Rather the sporangia are pendant and hang in clusters from logs, stumps, debris or sometimes they climb living plants. They are often closely packed and can be mistaken for insect eggs.