Mucilago crustacea

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Mucilago crustacea
Mucilago c. sencer.JPG
Scientific classification
M. crustacea
Binomial name
Mucilago crustacea
P. Micheli ex F.H. Wigg

Mucilago crustacea is a form of slime mould, in the monotypic genus Mucilago, in the family Didymiidae.[1] Due to its visual resemblance to canine vomit,[2] it is known colloquially as the "dog sick slime mould"[3] or "dog sick fungus",[4] albeit that slime moulds are not true fungi.[4]

The fruiting body is yellow to white, becoming paler with time, and then blackening.[3]

It usually occurs on damp grass.[2] The species and genus were described by P. Micheli ex F.H. Wigg.[2][5]


  1. ^ Ing, B. (1999). The myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland. An identification handbook,. Slough: Richmond Publishing Co.
  2. ^ a b c Silverside, Alan J. "Mucilago crustacea". Images of British biodiversity. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Dog Sick Slime Mould". NatureSpot. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b O'Riordan, Elaine (August 2017). "Mucilago crustacea". People and Nature - The Galway County Biodiversity Project. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ Prim. fl. holsat. (Kiliae): 112 (1780)