Slime Mould or fungus?

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Bob Hazell
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Slime Mould or fungus?

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As usual I took this photograph at Draycote Water near Rugby (on Friday). It was in an area of mixed woodland, particularly Hazel, and growing on a dead branch almost certainly Hazel. On the same branch Bisporella citrina is also growing. I assume it is a slime mould (Myxomycota) but I have never seen one as red as this. Am I on the right track or could it possibly be something like a Nectria sp. It was a size very similar to Nectria cinnabarina. As always your thoughts would be appreciated.
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gary
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Re: Slime Mould or fungus?

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I thought it looked more like Lycogala (Wolf's milk) slime mould because of the shininess but then it does look as if it's been raining.
Bob Hazell
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Re: Slime Mould or fungus?

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Thanks Gary. You may very well be right. It hadn't been recently raining - the apparent wetness is the frost thawing I believe.
Regards,
Bob
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