Friday, March 21, 2014

Hardcastle Crags 20-03-2014

I had a quick walk with Basil from Clough Hole car park and did a loop behind Gibson Mill and back to the top before the rain arrived.

Antrodia xantha above and below. 

Angular, rounded and irregular pores.

Clamps present - seen in Congo Red above and the subiculum had an amyloid reaction in Lugol below as opposed to Antrodia serialis which does not.

I found a couple of False Truffles popping up out of the ground.

 I washed them at home and cut them in half and you can see the contents below.

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

When I saw these from a distance I did think at first that they were Hoof Fungus (Fomes fomentarius) but it was only when I looked underneath and scored them, I realised they were a Ganoderma species which turned out to be Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum). Found on Beech (Fagus sylvatica).

They were deceivingly hoof-like.

Spores broadly elliptical, truncate, brown and minutely verrucose. 7-8 x 4.5 -5.5 microns

Brittle Cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) on Beech (Fagus sylvatica).

Tom identified this a Common Toad (Bufo bufo) which I met on the path behind the back of the mill and it appeared to be injured. I think that somebody must have stepped on it as its body was covered mud and gravel and it made no attempt to move away as I photographed it.  I hope that it will be okay.


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    1. Thanks for the ident Tom,
      I thought it might be but I wasn't sure.