Lichen found on dead wood, about 2cm long with vibrant red caps.
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No interactions present.
I haven't seen C. polydactyla produce podetia like those in the first pic, but it just goes to show how wildly variable this species is.
They are comparable to these: http://goo.gl/QEizK
I hope I am right in saying that Cladonia squamosa is present at the left of the second photo.
"I hope I am right in saying that Cladonia squamosa is present at the left of the second photo."
I think this might still be C. polydactyla.
Thanks! I'm certainly not arguing, but it was the apparent lack of soredia and, just possibly, the out-of-focus brown tip of the prostrate, snaking podetium, that put the thought in my head.
Yes, apparent lack of soredia is a point. I am not convinced, but it's possible.
Thanks for all the feedback, I have revised the identification as it sounds like you all know what you are talking about - far more than I do. I have to admit I have a lot more to learn different lichen parts!
Lat/Lng: 56.9553, -4.4978
OS grid ref: NN481876
In the birch woodland that forms part of the Creag Meagaidh nature reserve