Westcountry Wildlife

Fairy Inkcap – Coprinellus Disseminatus

Fungi and lichen can be two quite difficult groups of wildlife to learn, and I must confess this is the first year I’ve really made an effort to learn to identify some of them. One of the difficulties is that they frequently lack common names, and holding the latin names in your head is somehow…

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2nd February 2018

Dog Lichen – Peltigera Canina

This splendid Dog Lichen, Peltigera canina, was growing on a mossy boulder in a very damp section of oak woodland on Dartmoor. There are several similar other species of Peltigera, so the usual caveats to my non-birding ID skills apply. In particular Peltigera membranacea can look very similar, although the white hairy structures at the edge of each “leaf” tend…

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2nd February 2018

Flammulaster Muricatus (?)

I photographed this mushroom a few months ago, and have been puzzling over its identity ever since. I have ended up tentatively deciding on Flammulaster muricatus, though if anyone knows better please feel free to correct me in the comments section! The “fuzzy” cap on the fruiting body is certainly distinctive, and in Flammulaster muricatus the appearance can…

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2nd February 2018

Common Hammock Weaver – Linyphia Triangularis

Last Autumn I came across these rather messy looking spider webs in a clump of gorse bushes. I’m still not one hundred per cent sure exactly who made them, but the most likely candidate is the Common Hammock Weaver, Linyphia triangularis. The Sheetweb Spider, Neriene clathrata, also makes flat, tangled webs, though these tend to be somewhat…

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2nd February 2018

Conical Brittlestem – Parasola Conopilus

This little clump of slender brown mushrooms had a lovely fairy tale look about them nestled in the moss on a damp and gloomy day. This particular clump is a little past its best, which is often the case with the fungi you come across when rambling, making identification a bit more challenging! However, the…

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2nd February 2018