When: 2014-06-08

Collection location: Mazomanie Barrens, Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)

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Headed down the long dark road of calicioids…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-06-10 11:58:33 NZST (+1200)

Danger! Fascinating group, though. Wish I knew more about them. (And how to find them!!)

Noah Siegel blows everybody out of the water with his photos of this species
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-06-10 11:26:45 NZST (+1200)

And I’m not even in the league!
I wasn’t aware of this genus just few weeks ago, but it was pointed out to me by another lichenologist (sounds familiar?). This species is the easiest to obtain, since the host Trichaptum biforme is commoner than earth around here. I also got a specimen off of weathered wood (to be identified), and then there are species of Phaeocalicium and Calicium that live on live twigs and branches and bark – those will be more difficult to find. One species allegedly only lives on Alnus trees growing over flowing water, if it’s not an urban legend.

Way to go, and great photo!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-06-09 17:10:38 NZST (+1200)

These are supposed to be common, but somehow I always forget to look for them, so I’ve only ever seen it once when a lichenologist pointed it out to me in the field. :)