Yup, you read that correctly, dog vomit slime mold. One of the more colorful names of any organism found in our region. And it is not a slime, or a mold, in fact it is related to amoebas‡‡. However, one key difference between them and amoebas is that they have numerous nuclei per cell membrane††. They also have a weird reproductive system, in which I don’t know that much about, so I won’t get into that here, but it is similar to that of fungi.†† The slime mold is mostly harmless but can affect those with asthma† and feeds on decaying plant material, and really seems to love mulch‡. As for it’s name, well look at it.
An interesting side not about slime molds, though I am not sure if this species is included, but some varieties do seem to have some sort of intelligence and can also move. Apparently somebody decided to put in it a maze for some reason and the things seemed to learn how to find food.‡‡ No one seems to know how their intelligence works.‡‡ But perhaps someday, tbhis intelligence will evolve into some sort of intelligent life form creating it’s own civilization and wonder why us (sometime in the future) extinct critters allowed ourselves to become extinct. Oh well, whatever…
I did have a book that gave a few more details about slime molds, but I can’t seem to find it, bummer .
† https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuligo_septica 06JUN2016
†† https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slime_mold 06JUN2016