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  1. #1 Can someone tell me what this is? 
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    My mom insists that it's some kind of animal dropping, and my brother argues that it's some type of fungus. My input was that it honestly looks like an alien took a giant dump in our yard. ha. It's all over the place, and I'm actually really curious what the heck this is.

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    We have a lot of that in our garden after it rains (which means nearly all the time, the last couple of years). It is some sort of plant/lichen thing. It does look pretty revolting. I have forgotten the name .... ----wort?


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    Predator Scat will usually have remnants of eaten animals.

    If it's relative moist and/or shady spot could be some type of slime mold. If so you might be lucky enough to see it reproduce a color change as sporagium cover the outside.
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    You'll see it in the inner portions of air conditions, as well.
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    I don't think it is a mold, not even a slime mold. It has "structure". It looks a bit like seaweed, with round swirls of "leaves" (it is green) which are about 1 or 2cm across. (It has been so wet recently, we have had some pretty fancy slime molds as well.)
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    It looks to be a fungus of some type to me. Do the undersides of the lobes have any gills?
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    I live in Kentucky near no bodies of water, so it's definitely not seaweed. The under side is a lighter brown color.
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    does it have a ribbbed look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    It looks to be a fungus of some type to me. Do the undersides of the lobes have any gills?
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    does it have a ribbbed look?
    I must admit I haven't looked that closely. I will next time it appears. I am fairly sure it isn't a fungus, though. It is (dark) green and looks like something that photosynthesizes. It appears to lie dormant in the sand/gravel of our garden and then appears overnight when it gets waterlogged. It is slimy and looks like one continuous plant.

    By the way, inknotarmor appears to be in North America (USA?) while I am in Europe, but I am certain it is the same thing. It looks identical.

    I wonder if the thread should be moved to biology? Might attract someone who recognises it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    If it's relative moist and/or shady spot could be some type of slime mold. If so you might be lucky enough to see it reproduce a color change as sporagium cover the outside.
    The main pplace where it appears in our garden is shallow gravel/sand (on top of concrete) in full sun. Once the rain stops and the ground dries up, the plant just dies back and shrivels up.
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    Excellent when a trip to the backyard is like going back a couple billions years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    Excellent when a trip to the backyard is like going back a couple billions years!
    You should see my furniture, it's the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
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    Excellent when a trip to the backyard is like going back a couple billions years!
    You should see my furniture, it's the same way.
    Especially your wardrobe. (humor through synecdoche!)
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    Oh it looks really revolting. Just out of interest, does it smell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franticfrank View Post
    Oh it looks really revolting. Just out of interest, does it smell?
    I have never got close enough to find out! I don't think so, not even when it dies back and rots away.

    But maybe I'll have sniff next time we have an outbreak...
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