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Lichen

Coenogonium sp

Description:

This is a lichenized form of the common green alga Trentepohlia that is fairly common in upland forest in the tropics.

Habitat:

When the alga grows free of the fungus, it forms rather disorganized, cotton-wool-like colonies, but when lichenized, it forms these very characteristic fan-like forms. You may be able to find apothecia (like circular cream-coloured disks), on the underside which show that it is definitely a lichen. The odd thing about it is the amount of gelatin-like "goo" - it's just possible that you have some cyanobacteria or some alga growing on the lichen!


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1 Comment

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Very interesting and informative. Thanks!

Daniel-CR
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Daniel-CR

Cartago, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.59, Long: -83.88

Spotted on Oct 7, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

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