Imperial County, California, US
Fungus growing out of the beetle.
Colonies of this lichen covered the ascent and descent of Wood Chuck Hill.
flat, dry, dark inside, top and bottom, no apothecia
Pale green, soredia on margins and a few on the strands, on coyote bush
Batteries to bluff trail, on stairs
Late afternoon light was making photography difficult....
Ascomycota is a Division/Phylum of the kingdom Fungi that, together with the Basidiomycota, form the subkingdom Dikarya. Its members are commonly known as the sac fungi. They are the largest phylum of Fungi, with over 64,000 species. The defining feature of this fungal group is the "ascus" (from Greek: ἀσκός (askos), meaning "sac" or "wineskin"), a microscopic sexual structure in which nonmotile spores, called ascospores, are formed. However, some species of the Ascomycota are asexual, meaning...