Collection location: Lincoln Ridge Park, Kenton Co, Kentucky, USA [Click for map]
These are very tiny orange fungi, about 0.3 mm in diameter and 0.5 mm in height. The macroscopic photograph is zoomed. With magnification, they appear cup shaped, with a stubby stalk.
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I looked up lichens (since I know very little about them) and apparently there are some species in which crustose lichens grow immersed in wood (these are called “endophloidic”), with only the fungal fruiting bodies visible at the surface. Which leads to the question, how can we tell whether these are the
Ascomycete fungal partners of a lichen, or a stand-alone Ascomycete?
it is nothing that I’m familiar with. So, you can look for the ID as an asco, but ou still have to find one with 1-septate spores like this.
Im not used to seeing Lichens thrive on this substrate. Is this something that is familiar to you Zaca? Otherwise id stick with an asco.
where’s the thallus?
“on a fallen log in the woods” is the sort of thing that would go in the ‘Notes’ section of your observation, not the location name. Using the ‘Find on Map’ feature in the ‘Edit Location’ page will help pinpoint the location if you aren’t sure of its precise borders.
Created: 2013-01-02 11:29:32 CST (-0500)
Last modified: 2013-01-02 11:53:03 CST (-0500)
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