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Syzygospora physciacearum Diederich

Basidiomycota, Tremellales: fruitbodies small, convex, gelatinous, rather irregular in shape and constricted at the base, pink to dark brown, developing from the host thallus and thalline apothecial margins. A parasite on Physcia species, probably widespread but first described as a species in 1996 and infrequently recorded.

Refs: Diederich (1996), 38-44 (photos); Roberts & Hauerslev in Hansen & Knudsen (1997), 86; Diederich in Nash et al. (2004), 707.

Syzygospora physciacearum on Physcia aipolia
Syzygospora physciacearum on Physcia aipolia
On Physcia aipolia, Glen Tilt, Perthshire, April 2008, det. Brian Coppins.

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