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Hi fellow S159 students. I hope you can help me identify the above lichens?
Hello Jane M,
As a fellow S159 student I don't have nearly enough expertise to attempt an identification!
I've found two websites, http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/ and http://www.lichens.ie/ both very helpful with excellent photos and descriptions that help a bit and gives a starting point. Even if we end up getting it wrong it is all part of the learning process.
I can't really see what shape or type the lichens are on the rocks and think you will need to get some close-ups so that they can be identified.
That foliose one on the tree, have a look at the underside of the lobes. On some species they are black and others are the same as the top and that helps reduce the number of pics and descriptions you will have to go through to find what it might be! Oh, and I think you may have some crustose lichens growing on the tree bark too.
Thanks for your help Ginny, hipe you are enjoying the course.
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