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Fungi indet

Observed: 27th February 2013 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Lichen #1
Lichen #3

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

    Likely ID
    Crustose perithecia
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I have a feeling that this is a (non-lichenised) fungus rather than a lichen.


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Hi Mick - unfortunately your link doesn't work but Synagium is right that this isn't a lichen.

Added later - ok, the link works now!
I know there's a similarity but lichen perithecia don't form such a regular pattern and tend to look more like small, inactive volcano's in shape. Its difficult to see detail but many in your photograph appear concave.

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aren't exclusive to lichens; other fungi develop them.

Hi Jenny - glad we agree.


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Can I?

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My apologies to all, but due

My apologies to all, but due to the dictatorial regime run by the present UK Government I can no longer afford to be online as often as I was. Hence my lack of response to comments on my observations, and all the help I get with some ID's.

For the record, I am an OAP, totally dedicated to wildlife conservation.

My thanks to you Nigel for your help, but I would be even more pleased if you, (or anyone for that matter), could come up with an ID.

Should anyone be up for it, (and the weather has not damaged it), I can collect a sample and post it for a positive ID determination, please let me know....

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I'm afraid I can't help you, Mick. My interest centres around lichens, so I have neither the experience nor the literature to identify your find, even if I had the sample in hand. I hope another iSpotter will be able to help.


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I'll see what I can sort out

I am very rusty on these perithecial things on wood, and there are a LOT of them, but this one looks distinctive.

Collection may not help; very often they are immature or else too old, with no well-formed spores left. It looks to me that the picture shows where some bark has come away, leaving only the bases of old perithecia, but I have some specialist literature on these things (beyond Ellis & Ellis) and might dig out a suggestion.



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Many thanks to you both.