Appreciation: Can thalli merge?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Jessibee, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Jessibee

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    Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum but was mostly looking for a quick answer to something I came across in the field - two very different, conspicuous species of foliose lichen that had joined thalli, with some odd mixing and matching in the resulting lobes. Is this common? One species is a cyanolichen (dark thallus) and I wasn't sure if it was just a case of an unhealthy specimen looking similar to the other species. I would appreciate some clarification on this.
     
  2. Frog

    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Jessibee,

    Interesting question, I'd be interested to hear the answer.
    Without seeing a photo, my shot in the dark would be that yes one individual was drier or degraded. If you do have a photo please feel welcome to post it!

    Aside from that, I suggest going here, to these very smart, creative and learned folks:
    http://www.waysofenlichenment.net/

    cheers,
    frog
     

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