Observation 53493: Lichenomphalia chromacea (Cleland) Redhead, Lutzoni, Moncalvo & Vilgalys

When: 2010-09-20

Collection location: Bendigo Regional Park, Lockwood, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]

Who: TimmiT

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We do…
By: TimmiT
2011-03-15 19:30:16 CET (+0100)

but I’m far less certain how to separate L. umbellifera from other similar species. There doesn’t seem to be much information on the Lichenomphalia of Australia and I’m not even sure how many species we have.

L.chromacea is a uniquely Australian species

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-03-15 17:17:10 CET (+0100)

Do you have L. umbellifera down there? We only have observations from northern hemisphere. (Nor do we have observations L. chromacea in the northern hemisphere, now that I look…)

My understanding…
By: TimmiT
2011-03-15 07:21:23 CET (+0100)

is that L. chromacea can be separated from most other Lichenomphalia spp. by its colour. It is also the most common species in southern Australia.

But more specifically L. umbellifera is smaller and less brightly coloured (more dull brown-yellow).

L. alpina appears to be very similar to L. chromacea but is restricted to alpine areas.

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-03-14 19:09:10 CET (+0100)

I’m curious, since I have no literature to speak of for Lichenomphalia: how does one tell L. chromacea apart from L. umbellifera, for example? Or is that just “what you’ve got” down there? :)

By: TimmiT
2011-03-14 17:44:16 CET (+0100)

I thought it was a cool little mutant.

I don’t know why I didn’t propose a specific name, but I agree that this is L. chromacea. They are one of the most abundant species in this area and can be found all over the place in the winter.

By: Jonathan M
2011-03-14 17:02:33 CET (+0100)


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