Monday, 9 January 2017

Downing Point views

A collecting page for various views of the Point

from Donibristle Bay

Xanthoparmelia mougeotii on Downing Point, Dalgety Bay

Beautiful muted colour palette spread nicely across a wide area of rock, where it's obviously pretty happy

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Arthonia varians - Kinghorn 29/12/2016

Probably the first record for mainland Fife, this parasite of Lecanora rupicola is said to be on most populations of the host. First time I've seen it though

The two main lichens in the pic are Ochrolechia parella (left) and Lecanora rupicola (right). The Arthonia is the small black parasite living on the apothecia of the Lecanora!

Lichen wars - Kinghorn 29/12/2016

When Tephromela atra and Ochrolechia parella aren't getting along this is what happens!

Is it a chemical defence from the Ochrolechia to fend off its attacker or is the Tephromela doing a bit of poisoning?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Lecanora rupicola, Dumbarnie Links, Fife 27/11/16

On a large painted stone. Keying from dobson and a reminder to check the apothecia in future for blackening

Pruinose apothecia



C+ yellow apothecium

K+ yellow thallus

Friday, 22 April 2016

Arthopyrenia punctata, Glenkinnon, 17/04/2016

A spotty bark lichen.

Graphis scripta, Glenkinnon, 17/04/2016

Lots of lirellate lichen in the area on ash and hazel, some of which I have samples of waiting to be examined. This one went under the lens last night though.