Irish lichens

Skyttea nitschkei

Order: Ostropales       Family: Odontotremataceae

Species: Skyttea nitschkei

Lichenicolous fungus, parasitic on Thelotrema lepadinum
Photos: Glengarriff woods, Cork, SW Ireland. Identified by Andy Acton

Clusters of dark brown to black, urceolate ascomata (fruiting bodies) which usually turn the surrounding host thallus brownish. The exciple is bordered with smooth, straight hairs and contains two main pigments. Dark reddish pigment is most abundant in upper exciple below hairs, K+ bright aeruginose green.

Only found in the thallus and thalline margin of Thelotrema lepadinum. Scattered records in Ireland, most abundant in old oceanic woodlands.

Skyttea radiatilis is found on on Loxospora elatina and
Skyttea megalosporae on Megalospora tuberculosa


Skyttea nitschkei


Skyttea nitschkei
Skyttea nitschkei March 2010

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