This is actually a fairly common and cosmopolitan organism, but you have to notice it. These are actually the reproductive structures, not the actual organism itself. When pink like this they have a sort of creamy center, and perhaps this is the origin of the common name "wolf's milk". The organism is Lycogala epidendrum, and it's been a few years since TPP has seen it, but it is quite singular in its appearance. The organism that makes these sporangia is a plasmodial slime mold (or mould for my proper readers). Dr. Chips knows what this means, but for others, this organism is a T. rex of the microbial world, a "giant" amoeboid blob consuming any microorganism in its path. Under certain conditions the plasmodium transform from a mass of cytoplasm into sporangia, and usually only these reproductive structures are seen. And this is why Dr. Chips contacts TPP; he IDelivers, mostly!
Why I'm Marching for Science
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