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Black Thready Fungus growing on Shitake log...what is it?

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#1 GFM



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:09 AM

Hello Everyone!  I trust this post finds each of you well.  :smile:


I have not been on Mycotopia since last year. I have been waiting for all of my then-newly-innoculated logs to fruit.  So far, only the Turkey Tail have appeared. 


I soaked my shitake logs this week for the first time, (8 months after innoculation), but this only produced one shitake along with a very strange black, stringy organism (below) that resembles a lion's mane, but is the wrong color. I hope someone can help me to identify it.


I have also posted a photo of my lone shitake.  I am wondering if it is not actually that since none of the wild animals around here have bothered to eat it, even when I left it with other sorts of food and seed, all of which was gobbled up.  If someone thinks this is NOT a shitake, please say so.


But, it is really the black thready thing I am most interested in identifying.  Thank you for your assistance. I hope that everyone is healthy and having fun!  Best wishes!


black thread fungus.jpg

Edited by GFM, 07 April 2019 - 10:12 AM.

#2 solidago



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Posted 30 October 2020 - 11:08 PM

It's been some time now, are ya still wonderin' what it is? Looks like a Stemonitis slime mold, perhaps S. splendens, aka chocolate tube slime. Would be super cool if one could dry, grind, and brew it into a hot chocolate drink. But doing so would be a disappointment, even in 2020.

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