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 http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/305377?nav=users_observations
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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flaxton's picture

Hi The two most common

Hi
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
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/104341 .
The only other way is to take home some spores and measure them ;)
Mal

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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ganoderma_applanatum03.jpg

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

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Lucy Corrander's picture

Ganoderma

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

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