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Caribou Moss

Cladonia rangiferina

Description:

Small cluster of very adult Caribou Moss. Don't get confused by it's common name - it's a lichen.



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18 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Yeah, I just saw that! It's amazing! He's lucky to live in one of the most diverse countries on earth.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

:)
yea, getting closer...but you better don't look back at me chasing you ;)
You'd better catch up with Sergio...he's close to 1300 ;)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Cool, looks like a mini forest. I see you're getting close to 1000 spottings too, keep it up Lars!

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

I agree!!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

Yea, saw it, liked it - and it shows exactly what I meant...the ends are way more filigrane than on the Caribou moss (wich is indeed confusingly also called Reindeer moss...sometimes scientists really astonish me.. ;))

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

I just put a Cladonia portentosa, it looks much more fine divided than yours. It is also called reindeer lichen!!! :)

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

How can help complicate, arlanda? - I thank you :)
But your last suggest also looks too filigrane at it's ends to me.
As for now, the Caribou moss matches best in my opinion.
But I'll keep it in mind as uncertain. You can bet on that :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Lars and arlanda - what a team!

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Sorry if I complicate things

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Sorry, I did not see your last comment.
Does not look very much like http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/Cladon...
I found another one: Cladonia arbuscula
http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/Cladon...

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

Thanks arlanda.
It's pretty sure the C. rangiferina.
I'd say more likely than the portentosa, because rangiferina is not that thin and filigrane like the portentosa.

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

In any case it is a Cladonia sp., either C. portentosa, rangiformis or furcata.

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

It is hard to say from that magnification. C. furcata has small holes at the axils, where the ramifications begin. C. furcata is very variable and I am not sure that always forms cussion like growth-cluster, see for example http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/Cladon...

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

identified

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

Thank you for the suggest, arlanda - you really worked on your lichen expertise as it seems.
But I am not sure about the suggest - look at this typical habitus of their cussion like growth-cluster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cladon...

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Cladonia sp., maybe furcata, check
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/937...

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

Yea, that was crossing my mind as well, Argybee - looking really like a separated, micro forest

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Strange little forest. Nice.

LarsKorb
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LarsKorb

Dassendorf, Schleswig-Holstein (Landmasse), Germany

Lat: 53.49, Long: 10.37

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Mar 6, 2012

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