Licea parasitica, lichenicolous myxomycete Liceidae
Licea parasitica

Growth type: Lichenicolous myxomycete
Photographs on Xanthoria parietina

A myxomycete (slime mould) that is parasitic on both algae and decaying lichens on bark. It has been recorded on the thalli of corticolous Xanthoria parietina and a Physcia species (Physcia adscendens / tenella).

Brown or brownish-grey fruiting bodies appear as slightly flattened spheres with a thin paler lid that bursts open when mature. The capitulum is either sparse or absent. Spores +/- spherical, 13-16 Ám in diameter, brown with a thinner, paler wall on one side. Micrographs below.

Description taken from Fay Newberry's article in the BLS Summer Bulletin 2020, pages 18 and 19


Licea parasitica, lichenicolous myxomycete

Licea parasitica, lichenicolous myxomycete

Micrographs
Licea parasitica, lichenicolous myxomycete

Licea parasitica, lichenicolous myxomycete
Licea parasitica, a lichenicolous myxomycete
Photographs: Broadstone, Dorset. November 2023

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