Irish lichens

Laetisaria lichenicola

Basidiomycota       Family: Corticiaceae

Species: Laetisaria lichenicola #

Growth type lichenicolous
Photos: On Physcia. Co. Limerick, Ireland.

A pink lichenicolous fungus that develops immersed in the host thallus. While the basiospores are being produced it becomes minutely powdery but then dssolves into a thin pink film.

Probably widespread on the thalli of Physcia adscendens and Physcia tenella but not recognised until 2015

Similar: Marchandiomyces corallinus with pink coralloid sclerotia. Illosporiopsis christiansenii with pink mounds of soft sporodichia

Laetisaria lichenicola
Laetisaria lichenicola #. Co. Limerick 2019

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