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Other wildlife in Olav's Wood: Fungi, Lichens and Mycetozoa

Here is the beginning of several lists of organisms in Olav's Wood: fungi, lichens and mycetozoa ("slime molds"). There are many more species, and records would be appreciated.

Thanks to Lee Johnson for most of these records.

Fungi

Ascocoryne sarcoides - Purple jellydisc
Chlorophyllum rhacodes - Shaggy Parasol
Dacrymyces stillatus - Common Jellyspot
Exidia thuretiana - White Brain fungus
Podosphaera spiraeae - a mildew
Puccinia sp. - a rust
Tremella encephala - a parasite on another fungus species
Xylaria hypoxylon - Stag's Horn fungus
Shaggy Parasols (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)
in Spruce needles in Olav's Wood
(July 2016)

Lichens

Lichens are compound organisms consisting of fungi together with algae and/or cynobacteria, living together symbiotically and acting as a single organism. Lichens in Olav's Wood include:

Graphis scripts - Script Lichen
Ramalina sp. - A Strap Lichen

Mycetozoa

Mycetozoa, also called "slime molds", are strange creatures. They have a variety of life-cycles and structures, but all reproduce by spores. In some species, at certain stages of their life-cycle, they can detect food sources and move towards them. Lee Johnson has found several species in Olav's Wood. Photographs below from Lee (click for larger images).

Leocarpus fragilis
Mucilago crustacea
Stemonitis fusca

Stemonitis fusca in Olav's Wood (July 2015)

Leocarpus fragilis in Olav's Wood (July 2015)

Leocarpus fragilis after sporing (July 2015)


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