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.
|Shaggy Parasols (Chlorophyllum
rhacodes) among Spruce needles
in Olav's Wood (July 2016)
Thanks to Lee Johnson for most of these records and photographs.
- 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
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, 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)