Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 9:08 am
Here is what I get to be Menispora ciliata, which is probably the dullest fungus I have ever found from its appearance, but with lovely conidia which I used to try to ID it using Ellis & Ellis. I presume it's an anamorphic form of an asco (hyphomycete). As it has 300 FRDBI records, 17 of which are in the Sheffield area (12 are by Chris Yeates) I think this is a good guess. It looks like a bit of dull grey-green felt, and is quite tough. My LED stereo images cut out the greenish tones and make it look just grey. Leaving it overnight to drop spores produced nothing, so I teased a bit out and did a squash to reveal the conidia with long appendages.. We are looking at anything remotely "fungal" in appearance in Greno Wood, and getting surprises (resin from pine, bird poo etc, sterile fungal crusts, crusts composed of hyphomycetes, highly infected basidio crusts full of all kinds of invading hyphomycetes which could give us a very nice list - but will probably be of no interest to the local Wildlife Trust, for whom we are doing the survey). Also, a tremendous wealth of wildlife - "minibeasts" on crust fungi, insects, molluscs etc.