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What

Northern Slimy Salamander Plethodon glutinosus

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petenoewoods

Date

April 9, 2012 06:51 PM HST

Description

Several years ago my good friend, who shall remain nameless, told me that he had once seen a slimy salamander in Fern Hollow in Frick Park. After a few years of looking but never finding one, I asked him exactly where he saw it... and he had no memory of ever seeing one there.

I can't explain why I was looking for slimy salamanders at dusk in a rainstorm, but I was, and I found one.

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Observer

petenoewoods

Date

January 26, 2012 01:42 PM HST

Description

Air pollution extirpated this whole genus of lichens from Pennsylvania about a hundred years ago. So why it was growing in Frick Park, in the middle of Pittsburgh, the air pollution capitol of the east, I do not know.

It was growing on an ash tree, attached to the trunk where the trunk was about 3 inches wide. The lichen clump is about 4 inches wide, with the longest branch about 4 inches long. The tree was infested with emerald ash borer, and had been recently cut down.

This may be an isolated waif, or it may be part of a larger population. I still have to do a better search of the immediate area, and of other ash trees around the park, to see if there are any other colonies.

The elastic cord inside each stem clearly identifies this as an Usnea. There are 9 species of this genus historically known from Pennsylvania; I haven't yet figured out which species this is or if any other Usneas have been collected in recent decades.

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What

American Cancer-root Conopholis americana

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

April 2, 2012 06:21 PM HST

Description

It's a good thing for this species that it isn't a bit browner & duller - it would get stomped on by disappointed morel hunters.

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petenoewoods

Date

January 14, 2012 12:04 PM HST

Description

This little fungus specializes on this one species of bracket fungus.

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What

Trout Lily Erythronium americanum

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

April 2, 2012 06:26 PM HST

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Observer

petenoewoods

Date

March 25, 2012 04:29 PM HST

Description

the fruiting bodies are about 2 mm across.

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What

Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

March 2, 2012 08:53 PM HST

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What

Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. sirtalis

Observer

petenoewoods

Date

January 7, 2012 01:00 PM HST
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