I know. Possibly the daftest thing I have ever posted.
Under overhanging rock. Dripping wet. Awkward to photograph.
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Hi Nigel, what was the texture i.e. was it soft to touch or hard ?
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I knew I'd regret this! I don't know. I was trying to keep myself and my camera dry, but really wish I'd taken a sample. I think it's lichen, so I would expect it to be hard.
Wet, swollen Lepraria incana or something like that?
Edit: no, surely not that. Wet, swollen Candelariella coralliza? Wrong colour. I give up.
Nothing occurs to me yet, but if it's any consolation I'd say this is a good photograph to illustrate why it's a mostly bad idea to photograph wet lichens. :-)
At least it has some value then!
You know me, always ready to help ...
Not only is this lichen soaking wet, but also it is lacking any kind of worthwhile distinguishing feature. IMO a complete waste of time.
In fact so not worth bothering with, it put me in mind of a rubbish photograph of my own. Another lichenologist was running a lichen event, indoor talk and outside for a short field trip, but the weather was such that all but two or three hardy souls (or idiots) were quickly washed away.
But I did photograph Diploschistes scruposus in the deluge. Unlike mine, your photograph lacks signs of the distinctive apothecia, but looking at the water-soaked thalli of your photograph and mine, they are closely similar. Not a definite ID, but a possible one I think. D. scruposus can have yellowish tints, but often not.
No more vague lumpy-porridge lichens, I promise.
Thanks for perservering and for the valuable suggestion. I will check for any developments when I revisit.
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