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Fungi or lichen?

(Non-member from Auckland)
5/12/2017 6:36:23 p.m.
Hi there, I cant seem to ID this guy? Any help greatly appreciated.

Growing around the base of a tree on GBI
6/12/2017 9:01:59 a.m.
Just confirming that the tree that this is on was a tree fern and not something like manuka or kanuka?
6/12/2017 4:07:57 p.m.
Slime Mould of some sort - looks rather like dog vomit slime mould (Fuligo septica) - see http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/1580518 but that one is usually on the ground on rotting wood or wood chips. I have seen similar at Te Paki (see http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/2784810) but the name on that one was disputed...
6/12/2017 4:08:32 p.m.
As a slime mould it will deteriorate rapidly - what you are seeing is the sexual phase which doesn't last very long ( a few days maximum)

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