Stemonitis splendens

Stemonitis splendens, commonly known as the chocolate tube slime, is a species of slime mold.

Stemonitis splendens
Chocolate Tube Slime 2.jpg
Shenandoah Mountain, United States
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Phylum: Amoebozoa
Class: Myxogastria
Order: Stemonitidales
Family: Stemonitidaceae
Genus: Stemonitis
S. splendens
Binomial name
Stemonitis splendens
Rostaf. (1875)


Closeup of sporangia

Fruiting bodyEdit

The sporangia are dark purplish brown, smooth, dry, 10–20 mm tall, and 1–2 mm in diameter. The stem is black, 3–5 mm long, and less than 1 mm thick.[1]


The spores are 6–9 µm in diameter, brown, globose, and covered in small warts.[1]

Ecology and distributionEdit

Specimens grow in small, compact clusters on sheltered, decaying wood. It is quite common within its range. In Australia the species has been observed in all states.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Young, A.M. (2005). A field guide to the fungi of Australia. UNSW Press. ISBN 0868407429.