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Matchstick lichen?

Observed: 21st August 2010 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
21 August 2010 Grenaghen (76)
Description:
Identifications

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  • Matchstick lichen
    Confidence: It might be this.
  • Soldier Lichens (Cladonia sp)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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    Likely ID
    Cladonia diversa
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

AlanS's picture

Symbiosis

Like any lichen, this is indeed a partnership of a fungus with an alga (generally a green alga or a blue-green alga (Cyanobacterium)). The fungal tissues contain embedded algal cells that act like solar batteries, providing the fungus with energy, in the form of carbohydrate, whereas the fungus traps and passes on inorganic nutrients and water and provides a survivable environment.

Whether the partnership is equal is a matter for much more argument. In my own view, the partnership between the fungus and the algae is much like the partnership between man and domestic cattle.

Alan

nightfly's picture

Hi, Thanks for the IDs and

Hi,
Thanks for the IDs and all the information.
I got some images of this same species or a very similar looking lichen from a friend only a couple of days ago.
His photos were taken back in the summer, its a very impressive example of this red headed lichen, I think I will post it as I'm curious if it is infact the same species as mine. It was also photographed on blanket bog but in a different place, not far from the sea either, at Binevenagh in Co. Derry.

Thanks again,

Cathal.