Observation 63656: Coccomyces dentatus (J.C. Schmidt & Kunze) Sacc.

Coccomyces dentatus (Rhytismataceae) is a minute fungus growing on Oregon-grape (Mahonia nervosa) leaves. Individual colonies start from a single spore that germinates, and the fungal filaments spread until they reach another colony. When this happens, both colonies stop their growth on a contact zone and the boundary between them appears as a black line. With several individual colonies, the infestation on the leaves looks like an irregular network of discolored patches. The black dots that look like little stars are fruiting bodies that open, showing several fine rays. On southern Vancouver Island, naturalists noticed this fungus a long time ago, and the first collection was made by John Macoun in 1915.

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nice to see such a beautiful combination…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-02-16 22:20:05 EST (-0500)

of art and science.

Any photo not so close up?
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (aceska@telus.net)
2011-02-20 11:01:44 EST (-0500)

I don’t have any, but I will make one and post it. – Adolf

beautiful specimen
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-02-20 10:23:15 EST (-0500)

and drawing. Would like to see photo not so close up. Do you have any?

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