Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Creature 323: Scutellinia scutellata

Fungus with eyelashes

Scutellinia scutellata is a fungus.


I chose this one because of the weird eyelash like structures that grow on its fruiting bodies. Again there is not much to this one except its bizarre appearance.

Two orangish-red colored, cup-shaped structures with dark-brown eyelashes growing on the outer rim. The two structures are sitting next to each other, growing on a piece of wood.

Eyelash cup fungus is very widespread. It is common in Europe and North America but can be found throughout South America, Asia and also in Afica and Melanesia.

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Pezizomycetes
Order: Pezizales
Family: Pyronemataceae
Genus: Scutellinia
Species: Scutellinia scutellata

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