Lichenicolous fungi

There’s growing interest in fungi that grow on lichens.

  • Learn how to start studying lichenicolous fungi here.
  • Most lichenicolous fungi require microscope work to identify them and access to scientific literature.
  • These resources offer some first steps in approachable language as well as directing the reader to more detailed literature.
Illosporiopsis christiansenii on Physcia adscendens © Fay Newbery
  • What are lichenicolous fungi?
  • What features can they have?
  • How can I study them?
Xanthoria parietina © Mike Sutcliffe

Explore some fungi that grow on the common Xanthoria parietina.

Muellerella ventosicola on Ophioparma ventosa © Chris Cant

Use keys to identify fungi growing on specific lichens.

Nectriopsis physciicola © Jenny Seawright

Some downloadable descriptions of lichenicolous fungi species in approachable language.

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Images created by Adrien Coquet at the Noun project

Although no formal courses on lichenicolous fungi are offered in the UK at the moment, a Zoom-based chat group is running until the end of February 2022 and a BLS workshop at the end of February 2022 is available for people interested in this group.

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