Eyelash Fungus, Scutellinia

e6filmusere6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 3,363 Major grins

There are several species of Scutellinia in the UK, requiring microscopic examination to separate them but I suspect this is the common one, S. scutellata, the long lashes being a guide.

These are disc-shaped, Ascomycete fungi (mushrooms), in this case with very long hairs on the edge of the disc. Scutellinia like very wet, rotting wood. They are generally in actual liquid water, making the hairs difficult to see clearly. The disc is up to 10mm diameter but I think these were, at most, a bit smaller.

These were on the cut end of a branch, near ground level, of a felled tree very close to a pond. This was last week, in a local nature reserve.

Olympus EM-1 (manual), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 sec at f9 ISO 400, hand-held, dull, rainy day. Due to the position of the colony I could use only a single, hand held flash

The stereo is crosseye.

Harold

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