Collection location: Lourinhã, Portugal [Click for map]
Growing in the intertidal zone. The only visible part of this lichen is the immersed perithecia on the barnacle.
According to “lastdragon” there are at least three similar species growing on shells (barnacles, limpets and others): C. foveolatum, C. halodytes and C. sublitorale. These specimens probably belong to the first species, the one with smaller perithecia, but the others are not excluded. I’m not sure how the separate them.
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damn, there’s a niche for everybody, eh?
I guess it has no competition! :)
it’s a lichen… on a barnacle.
And so close to us at the beach …
This has got to be one of my favorite observations.
Created: 2012-08-11 17:05:45 CDT (-0400)
Last modified: 2012-08-11 17:06:21 CDT (-0400)
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