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OK it really doesn't matter as there was more than enough of several different types of mold to call for a mold specialist, but I have never seen this type (if it is mold) before. It almost looks like gray caulk but it is very stringy and the only reason I could think of it being there was some contractor had some on his fingers and wiped them there.

Is this mold?

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BTW, anyone know of a site or such that has pictures of different types of mold and identifies them. I'm not getting into any mold specialty, it's more just for my personal knowledge.

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I don't say this to be a wiseass, but are you certain the stringy stuff wasn't just spider webs that someone swiped out of his path?

Spiders are attracted to moisture, so you'll find their webs concentrated in damp areas, like corners of crawlspaces.

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Well I didn't touch it but it appeared too thick and stiff to be webs. Again, the best way to describe it is dried caulk. Like if there was a bit of caulk there, it heated up and sort of dripped and formed stalactite type formations. It is most likely nothing really, just curious.

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It's not spiderwebs and it's not caulk. I'm no mycologist, but I've seen enough fungi types to know that they take on a variety of different shapes. Some can actually be sorta cool in a weird way. There is a large variety of colors and shapes. Some are fluffy, some are stringy, some look like the root system of a plant and some look like ears.

IMHO, what's important to know is not what exact type it is, but that it was encouraged to grow due to an excess of moisture at some point. Whether THAT condition is still present or not is the real issue.

By the way...what did it taste like?[;)]

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Good morning!

Could be chocolate tube slime, but I don’t think so. I’ve seen Periconia growing sorta kinda like that on insects.

I don’t know if I have Periconia on my page of mould photos, but you can check:

http://www.forensic-applications.com/moulds/habits.html

If it’s not there, and you’re interested, let me know and I’ll post here.

Cheers!

Caoimhín P. Connell

Forensic Industrial Hygienist

www.forensic-applications.com

(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)

AMDG

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Good morning!

Could be chocolate tube slime, but I don�t think so. I�ve seen Periconia growing sorta kinda like that on insects.

I don�t know if I have Periconia on my page of mould photos, but you can check:

http://www.forensic-applications.com/moulds/habits.html

If it�s not there, and you�re interested, let me know and I�ll post here.

Cheers!

Caoimh�n P. Connell

Forensic Industrial Hygienist

www.forensic-applications.com

(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)

AMDG

Yes you have Periconia on that site and I would say it's a near dead ringer. It was straighter than those in your picture but since it was growing down vice up, that may have lead to that.

My question as I looked at more sites about it, it that stuff dangerous?

example

Periconia

a fungus that grows on forage growing in the field and contains an unidentified hepatoxin. Livestock grazing the infected forage may develop hepatic injury (liver disease) and photosensitization.

P.S I hate mould

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My question as I looked at more sites about it, it that stuff dangerous?

Why bother asking? Were you planning on telling your client that it's a good thing to have fungi growing in their house? If conditions are ripe for one type then other types of fungi (that may lead to very different personal reactions) could also grow.

Forget the "Is it bad?" question. Tell them to correct the moisture problem, remove the fungi and move on with life.

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My question as I looked at more sites about it, it that stuff dangerous?

Why bother asking? Were you planning on telling your client that it's a good thing to have fungi growing in their house? If conditions are ripe for one type then other types of fungi (that may lead to very different personal reactions) could also grow.

Forget the "Is it bad?" question. Tell them to correct the moisture problem, remove the fungi and move on with life.

I agree 100%with your comment, this is just for my knowledge.

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