Irish lichens


Order: Ostropales       Family: Odontotremataceae

Species: Skyttea sp.

Lichenicolous fungus, parasitic on Loxospora elatina.
Photos: Glengarriff woods, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.
Identified by Andy Acton

Skyttea: Urceolate ascomata, narrow-pored when young and bordered by usually straight, smooth hairs. The exciple is usually greenish or brownish, rarely reddish. The ascospores are generally hyaline, non-septate. Periphyses are absent, the paraphyses usually un-branched. Most known species seem to cause no visible damage to the host lichen.

Skyttea radiatilis is found on on Loxospora elatina,
Skyttea nitschkei on Thelotrema lepadium and
Skyttea megalosporae on Megalospora tuberculosa

Skyttea sp. March 2010

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