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Onygena equina

Observed: 31st December 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Onygena  equina
Onygena equina
Onygena equina (2)
Onygena equina (4)
Onygena equina-a
Description:

Found on rotten Sheep horn in boggy wet valley must have fallen down near stream as rest of bones scattered near water.I could not find this in any books so did a Google (fungus on sheep horn) only to discover that is near threatened and on the red data list for conservation of Fungi.It is tiny so may be worth searching for it.The last recording was a couple of weeks ago in Scotland but before that it was once in 2009.It grows on the Keratin present in the horns and hooves of Sheep and Deer.Very exiting last find for 2011

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

jhn7's picture

What a brilliant find!

Quite an end to the year! Happy New Year and lots more exciting finds to come I hope!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Fenwickfield's picture

nearly missed it

Happy new year Janet
I nearly didn't bother as thought I would not find out what it was plus the smell of the horn was not very nice.I have registered it with the red data site,keep an eye out as you may find it too.

Sheila

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miked's picture

Amazing, never seen this.

Amazing, never seen this. Seem to recall there are a small handful of bryophytes that are quite specialised to horn or other animal debris or droppings, might be worth having a look round for other types of organism in the vicinity.
very annoying when you've read something then can't remember where, think it was in the british bryological soc mosses and liverworts fieldguide and listed habitats for different species but there are a lot to check through to find which moss it was (or if just figment of imagination).

Fenwickfield's picture

To all

There are other's which grow on feather's too.I also found out from another site that it is on of a small number that grow on horn and hoof.I agree with Alan S that maybe it is not as scarce as we think maybe we have just not been looking for it.I to read stuff then forget which book it was.Thanks everyone for your comment's and remember to search for Sheep horn's ans see if we can find it again.

Happy New Year

Sheila

Fenwickfield

AlanS's picture

Course that never ran

A few years ago, here in academia and at a time of falling student numbers, I proposed to my colleagues that we run a degree in "Biology and Satanism". I think that we would have had a healthy (or unhealthy?) number of applicants. Strangely, my colleagues didn't treat the suggestion with the seriousness that it surely deserved. :-)

My photographs are old and nowhere near as good as Sheila's, but if anyone wants to see my photograph of Onygena equina (and they are not currently eating), they could look at what I would have put forward for the course brochure.

http://www.bioref.lastdragon.org/Onygenales/Onygena_equina.html

Alan

jhn7's picture

Oh yuck!!

Thanks for that Alan!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Fenwickfield's picture

Excellent idea for a course

I think it look's rather good when the is a full skull with horns still attached or maybe I would have been classed as an odd bod.I noticed the comment about contracting this fungi.I was warned after the event by an expert on the Association For British Fungi Group that it can be caught if you are on immune suppressant drugs which am so be careful not to handle it as I won't be in the future this goes for all the others that grow on horn,feathers.I don't know if you have any more information on this Alan but if you do I would be interested as I will know what to avoid in future.

Sheila

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Blewit Boy's picture

Nice.....

Nice find Fenwick. Congratulations!

chris

AlanS's picture

Nice photographs

I think the rarity is being a bit exagerrated though. I see it from time to time here in Scotland.

Alan