That is, when you have Ingold in your library...
Ingold treats the delightful creatures that are aquatic hyphomycetes and aquatic hyphomycete spores are nothing if not weird and wonderful. They grow on submerged leaves and release their spores downstream. These spores then get caught up in the bubbles of the scum and wait for me to scoop them into a pot and stick them under a microscope (that's what they're doing, right?). Do it quick, though, because if they settle on anything - like the bottom of the pot - they will start to grow and you won't get them under the lens. Best to put the bubbles straight onto the microscope slide. You can fix them by adding alcohol to the mix, which stops them from growing, but I haven't tried this. Here are some of these beauties...
|Tetracladium setigerum - my fave, but not from this square|
|Alatospora acuminata - "flapping bird" - the most common|
|Tetracladium marchalianum - note family resemblace|
|Not sure yet, but we live in hope ... (Clavariopsis aquatica!)|
(EDIT! Lookie here! I found an online key. No idea how good it is, but it looks like it ought to work: AQUATIC HYPHOMYCETE KEY)
One thing's for certain - I'm benefitting from last year's exercise as I can quickly check species that were new to me last year. Including this coastal Halorates reprobus I found under a rock at the edge of the bay.
So here we are at 242, and the last ten ...
|232||fungus||Xylaria polymorpha||Dead Man's Fingers|
|233||lichen||Lecanora chlarotera||A lichen|
|234||moss||Plagiothecium undulatum||Waved Silk-moss|
|235||liverwort||Pelia epiphylla||Overleaf Pellia|
|236||coleoptera||Leistus rufomarginatus||A ground beetle|
|237||fungus||Brachysporium masonii||A hyphomycete|
|238||diptera||Crumomyia nitida||A lesser dung fly|
|239||diptera||Thoracochaeta zosterae||A lesser dung fly|
|241||lichen||Candelariella vitellina||A lichen|
|242||fungus||Stereum gausapatum||A fungus|
Fantastic! Seriously, I've never ever even heard of an aquatic hyphomycete before! Amazing! Plenty of scum locally (except that particular pub is outside of my square)Gonna go peruse that key, I may be pinging you some pics! :DReplyDelete
It might be the hyphomycete that finally make me get a decent microscope! What sort of magnification were your photos taken at?ReplyDelete