• Antennulariella lichenisata Coppins & Aptroot 

There are no records for this species at present.

This rather geekish lichen is a good twitcher tick for the lichen expert. As a species, it goes slightly against the grain of most traditional lichen expectations, because the fungal partner is unexpectedly a sooty mould with hairy, spherical (flask-like) discs (perithecia) arising from a thin hyphal mat. The species is easily overlooked but is not uncommon on the rough bark of birch and hazel and other deciduous trees. It is one of only two species of its kind in Europe. In Ireland, it is currently known from Counties Fermanagh and Donegal (west) but is likely to be more widespread.

Key characteristics

  • Small black sooty dots on rough-barked trees should be checked for this species
  • Perithecia hairy; algae filamentous Trentepohlia-like.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Antennulariella lichenisata Coppins & Aptroot . [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-08-25.