Observation 85754: Algae

When: 2012-01-05

Collection location: Chica, Chame District, Panama Province, Panama [Click for map]

Who: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)

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Good point
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-01-06 18:14:07 CST (-0500)

Trentepohlia – another “green” alga – can be yellow or orange. You know more about algae than me. I have no clue what this is, either. But it doesn’t look like any lichen I’ve ever heard of… and that does mean at least something. :)

About Lichen
By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-01-06 17:57:53 CST (-0500)

I put this specimen here because may be a lichen, and part algae.
Some algae as Cephaleuros virescens have red parts, red spores similar , but the macro-structure is different. I never seen before this organism.

Here’s my problem with the algae interpretation
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-01-06 15:57:23 CST (-0500)

Some green algae can get that large (Trebouxia for example can exceed 20 µm)… but they are green! :) Cyanobacteria can be that color, but they are prokaryotes, and typically much smaller (5-10 µm)….. Or at least I think so! There are precious few lichenologists truly expert in the photobiont half of lichens, and I’m certainly not one of them.

About Lichen
By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-01-06 14:40:15 CST (-0500)

The spores have 20 -30 microns diameter , as you see in the new photos, have algae like structures.

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-01-06 14:10:21 CST (-0500)

What’s the approximate size of those “algae”? Could they be spores or insect eggs, too?

About Lichen
By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-01-05 18:14:37 CST (-0500)

Chica is about 800 m. sea level, rain tropical forest.

About Lichen
By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-01-05 18:11:00 CST (-0500)

At microscopic view looks a sort of algae

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