Protozoa: Mycetozoa: Myxomycetes: Stemonitales: Stemonitidaceae: Brefeldia maxima (Fr.) Rostaf., 1873
Brefeldia maxima – Tapioca slime mold
Synonyms: Licea perreptans, Reticularia maxima.
Common name: tapioca slime mold.
Russian name: Brefeldiya bolshaya.
Extract from Wikipedia article: Brefeldia maxima is a species of non-parasitic plasmodial slime mold, and a member of the class Myxomycetes. It is commonly known as the tapioca slime mold because of its peculiar pure white, tapioca pudding-like appearance. A common species with a worldwide distribution, particularly in North America and Europe. It is often found on bark after heavy rain or excessive watering. Their spores are produced on or in aerial sporangia and are spread by wind, however beetles of the family Lathridiidae are also reported to disperse the spores. Bonner states that soil invertebrates and rain mainly disperse spores as they are sticky and unlikely to be carried by air currents.