kereddot's picture

Bracket fungus but which one

Observed: 27th March 2012 By: kereddot

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Lucy Corrander's picture

Dorset Mushroom - I'm

Dorset Mushroom - I'm wondering if you could look at this
which has also been IDed as a Ganoderma. I'm finding it difficult to make connections between the one I found and others with the same ID. Would you be able to say something about them which would help in IDing if I come across more in the woods.

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Hi The two most common

The two most common Ganoderma are G applanatum and G australe. As a general rule the former is a single plate shaped fruit body whereas the latter is much more of a "lump" and often tiered. Unfortunately they do not read the books and so can take on the form of the other. G applanatum often gets attacked by a fly which causes galls on the underside (Agathomyia wankowiczii) and this was often quoted as an identifying feature. Unfortunately this fly attack has been found on G australe but it is much rarer.
One method of giving an id in the field is to cut the fruitbody in half (if it has moore than one years growth). G applanatum has a sterile layer between each years growth of tubes, G australe does not. Shown here .
The only other way is to take home some spores and measure them ;)

D.M.H.'s picture

I agree with Flaxtons

I agree with Flaxtons comments above. Your link showed the unusual occurence of Ganoderma on conifer.

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jeremyr's picture

Agathomyia wankowiczii

This is one of the family of Flat-footed flies (Platypezidae) I am particularly interested in, and which breed in fungi. So far I've found Polyporivora picta (Turkeytail) and Platypeza consobrina (Honey Fungus), though I've not found larvae yet.

I wanted to ask what the galls look like but have found an illustration here

An attractive and distinctive family, they can often be seen running about in jerky circles on leaves

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Thank you so much for answering my question so helpfully, folks.

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