Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Costantinella terrestris, Dalgety Bay

Costantinella terrestris
Dalgety Bay, Donibristle Wood
Fallen branch

Monday, 12 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Cryptosphaeria eunomia, Dalgety Bay

Species: Cryptosphaeria eunomia
Loc: Dalgety Bay, Ross Plantation
Grid: NT1683
Date: 31/01/2018
Substrate: sodden Ash branch on ground

shaved surface




Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Botryobasidium aureum

Botryobasidium aureum
Dalgety Bay, Crow Hill Wood
Rotten log underside




glistening chains of conidia

glistening chains of conidia 2

Monday, 29 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Stegonosporium pyriforme, Dalgety Bay

A coelomycete that likes Acers, growing on bark of trunk or branches.

Roadside tree

Stegonosporium on the trunk

massed conidia

E&E description

E&E figure

sheathing of conidia not illustrated

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Ascocoryne cylichnium, Dalgety bay 15/01/2018

A small ascomycete pulled from a rotten log at the weekend which gave me the runaround at first.

Ascocoryne sarcoides is a frequent sight in any woodland but one disc of it's congener Ascocoryne cylichnium completely threw me. There was only one disc, which led to some keying false starts. Only working back from the fantastic spores was I able to put the other pieces in place. These spores bud off mini-spores, which is a very funky thing to do. You can see from the pics below that the images are full of these tiny spores which I had managed not to see as significant until I already knew they were.

chopped in half for  squishing

Ascus tips blued with iodine

Spores and tons of mini-spores
spores and baby-spores

Spore illustration in Dennis

Fungi of Switzerland

Spore and baby
Another nice find on the same wood was this fantastic Brachysporium masonii