Order: Ostropales Family: Odontotremataceae
Species: Skyttea nitschkei
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 March 2010