Unguiculariopsis thallophila Cordieritidaceae
Unguiculariopsis thallophila #

Lichenicolous fungus. Photographs on Lecanora hybocarpa

Usually parasitic on thalli and apothecia of Lecanora chlarotera and Lecanopa hybocarpa, also recorded from L. carpinea and L. conizaeoides

Scattered dark red-brown to black apothecia, the thick, incurved rims with curved, refractive excipular hairs. Asci are 8-spored, spores hyaline, simple, (6-)7-9 x (2-)2.5-3.5 Ám, rounded at apices and often with numerous guttules. Apothecia often concentrated near margin of host thallus. Micrograph below.

Similar: Unguiculariopsis lesdainii. Rare, usually on Lecanora saligna


Unguiculariopsis thallophila

Unguiculariopsis thallophila

Micrographs
Unguiculariopsis thallophila

Unguiculariopsis thallophila
Unguiculariopsis thallophila
Broadstone, Dorset. January 2024

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