Lophium mytilinum

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Chris Yeates
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Lophium mytilinum

Post by Chris Yeates » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:15 pm

I've always been intrigued by these "bivalve" fungi, so was rather surprised for my first find to be on a fallen pine cone from a planted tree in a narrow stretch of woodland fringing a "catchwater" high in the Pennines.
The specific epithet "mytilinum" derives from the Latin Mytilus a mussel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mytilus_(bivalve) and the ascomata really do look uncannily like mussel shells.
Lophium is a member of a small ascomycete order, the Mytilinidiales.
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Re: Lophium mytilinum

Post by Chris Johnson » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:50 am

Another one to look out for although I stand a better chance of finding mussels than the fungus. :)

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