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Large black dog-lichen

Peltigera sp.

Description:

Deep in the darkest rainforest across the valley we found this very large 'leaved' black lichen. The lobes on the rosette in pic 1 were 60mm wide and maybe 90mm long and I think it was a fairly young specimen. Pics 2 and 3 are closer views of what I think was an older specimen which was hanging to a total length of about 400mm and included very convoluted foliose parts (like kale).

Habitat:

Very damp and dark rainforest in national park.

Notes:

The very dark color and the size of the lobe structures seemed very appropriate for the low-light conditions !?
All species of Peltigera associate with the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc.
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Peltigerales
Family: Peltigeraceae

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3 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Three, beautiful photos....

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

There is so much out there Ernst. :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Cool spotting, Mark. Very creepy looking. I'd love to know who names these things. Inspired by a few beers, no doubt.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 11, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014

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