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I spilt some potting mix the other day. Mix we had got from a neighbour who works in horticulture.
We shovelled it up and dumped it in a pot only to have this white fungus appear across the surface 2 days later.
Looks like Lions Mane mushroom -- but then I'm no mycologist.It was in one piece -- as though a huge cat had vomited up its lunch.
Turns out that it is probably “Dog Vomit” fungus. Fuligo septica -- a species of plasmodial slime mold. Inhabits fresh laid mulches.

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Comment by Dave Riley on August 31, 2020 at 21:43

To clarify slime molds are not fungi.

Fascinating facts about Slime molds (per Wikipedia)

Slime mold or slime mould is an informal name given to several kinds of unrelated eukaryotic organisms that can live freely as single cells, but can aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi but are no longer considered part of that kingdom.[1] Although not forming a single monophyletic clade, they are grouped within the paraphyletic group referred to as kingdom Protista.

So they have more in common with Protozoa and diseases like Malaria, Giardiasis and Trichomoniasis are caused by Protozoa.

When a slime mold mass or mound is physically separated, the cells find their way back to re-unite.

Many slime molds, mainly the "cellular" slime molds, do not spend most of their time in this state. When food is abundant, these slime molds exist as single-celled organisms. When food is in short supply, many of these single-celled organisms will congregate and start moving as a single body. In this state they are sensitive to airborne chemicals and can detect food sources. They can readily change the shape and function of parts, and may form stalks that produce fruiting bodies, releasing countless spores, light enough to be carried on the wind or hitch a ride on passing animals.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 31, 2020 at 18:54

Jeez.  

Comment by Dave Riley on August 30, 2020 at 22:57

Another shot of the dog's chunder: Take care -- may cause asthma or  a skin rash

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