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Trochila laurocerasi

Observed: 3rd February 2012 By: Syrphus
Highland Biological Recording Group
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I was introduced to this genus by a recent iSpot post of T. ilicina. Within a couple of days I had found the three species on Holly, Ivy and Cherry Laurel in the garden and village. I think this one is not just New to me, but to iSpot.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I must go and look for these species in my garden! What do you need to look for to confirm them, is the hostplant a reliable guide to the species of fungi?

Entomologist and biological recorder

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The leaves make a good start!

The leaves make a good start! You do need to check structure with at least a lens. The Holly Speckle is easiest, but Holly also has Phacidium multivalve which extends through the full depth of the leaf (not only above) and opens by a toothed pore rather than a hinged lid, and really is very different.

The speckles on the other two are much smaller, and on the lower surfaces only. Again you need to see at least the structure of the speckles - how they open, how far they extend, spore colour.

Fascinating how they are not just host-specific on a dead leaf, but to a particular surface of it.



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leaf fungi

Do you think that this would suggest that they might be phylloplane fungi that then develop on dead leaves?