Thursday, 6 February 2014
Four new fungi for Hampshire in 2014
What better way to start the year than to add four new species of fungi to the Hampshire mycota.The first Fomitiporia hippophaëicola was found in early January by Phil Budd on the outskirts of the Hythe Marina. Phil found several fruitbodies, 4-8cm across, on the trunks of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides), its preferred host in the UK. With nearly 90 records in the UK it is perhaps surprising that something as large as this has no been noticed before in Hampshire.
The remaining three fungi were all found near Fritham in the New Forest by Alan Lucas and were all resupinate or crust fungi which to the naked eye can appear superficially similar. They are affectionately known as 'Paint Jobs' in much the same manner as the 'Little Brown Jobs' applies in the bird world. However under the hand lens and especially the microscope a whole new world opens up, I kid you not.
The next new record for Hampshire was Tubulicrinis chaetophorus which was only the second time it had been recorded in the UK, the only other seemingly recorded site is South Devon where it was recorded by Peter Roberts over 20 years ago.
I suspect we shall never know what made Fritham so special this January but what a cracking start this is for the New Year.
Thanks to Paul Hugill, Stuart Skeates and Alan Lucas for the photographs.
Posted by Stuart Skeates at 18:16