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Orange Dimple Lichen Coenogonium luteum

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on the shaded bark of rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata).

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What

Asterisk Lichen Arthonia radiata

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata). Thallus whitish with prominent brown-black prothalline line. Apothecia mostly stellate, flat to subconvex, epruinose. Hymenium colourless, epithecium brown, K+ green. Hypothecium pale brown, K+ green. Paraphysoids with slightly swollen apices. Asci clavate. Ascospores obvoid 3-4-septate, 16-20 x 5-6 microns. Fits this species well except that ascospores are not uniformly 3-septate as implied is the case in New Zealand material by Galloway (2007).

Galloway, D.J. 2007: Flora of New Zealand; Lichens, including lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi. Revised second edition.2 ed. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. 2261 p.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 30, 2019 08:58 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides).

Thallus patchily white, whitish-yellow, to pale yellow brown, K+ yellow but Pd- (according to Galloway 2007 this species is meant to be Pd+ orange). Ascospores 21 x 8 microns, 4-locular, weakly (very weakly) I+.

Images from herbarium specimen collected 30 November 2019.

Noted for Wharariki - Puponga Bioblitz November 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC.

Galloway, D.J. 2007: Flora of New Zealand; Lichens, including lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi. Revised second edition.2 ed. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. 2261 p.

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What

Mites and Ticks Subclass Acari

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Another mite noted more frequently than https://inaturalist.nz/observations/37931870 but on the same 'tree' host (rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata) scurrying through the alga Trentepohlia and lichens such as Lepraria. Body brown, glossy, about 1 mm long. Extremely quick moving and presumably light-sensitive - so very hard to photograph with my camera gear alas. Again I would be thrilled if someone knew what this mite is - I see it (or things like it commonly when working with corticolous bryophtes and lichens).

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What

Mites and Ticks Subclass Acari

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Incredibly small (0.5 mm long) orange mites (? They have eight legs anyway) noted sitting within Trentepohlia and Lepraria covering the shaded bark of rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata).

Very difficult to get a good image of - stretching the limits of my camera for sure. However, be thrilled if someone knew what this little tyke is.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 24, 2020 06:43 PM NZDT

Description

Latest flowering fir this cultivated specimen yet (six years of observations)

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 21, 2020 10:54 AM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola). Uncommon. Thallus K-. Ascospores 27.5-32.5 x 11.0-13.0 microns, muriform,, c.11 transverse-septate, 3 longitudinally septate, I+ violet.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14569 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11322

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 21, 2020 10:54 AM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum). Common. Thallus K-. Ascopsoresd muriform, 37-8 microns, I+ violet.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 29, 2019 04:28 PM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on Coprosma areolata. Thallus K-. Ascospores 5-8 septate, 20-36 x 5-9 microns, I-.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14571 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11324

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 24, 2020 12:49 PM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on Rubus cissoides s.l. Thallus K+ yellow, fading to red; ascospores, 42.5-55 x 10.0 microns with 11-13-locules and tailed apices, I+ blue / black.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14570 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11323

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 29, 2019 04:28 PM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on mapou (Myrsine australis). Thallus K+ yellow - red. Ascospores I+ black, 8-septate, 25 x 5 microns.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14572 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 14572

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What

Drywood Termites Family Kalotermitidae

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 10:45 AM NZDT

Description

I think so....image taken from specimen found on bryophyte mat growing over rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata) sampled in the field.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 10:45 AM NZDT

Description

Common. Corticolous on rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata). For this species I have to say this is the most impressive 'colony' of it I have ever seen.

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What

Smooth Stick Insect Clitarchus hookeri

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Common on rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata).

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 10:45 AM NZDT

Description

Common on rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata) in coastal forest remnant.

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Abundant on rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata). Infections severe with all young growth damaged, dying or dead. Immature fruits frequently covered with yellow urediniospores.

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What

Kaihua Parsonsia heterophylla

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Abundant vine trailing through canopy of windshorn shrubland in steep-sided gully. Most specimens seen were heavily flowering.

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 09:32 AM NZDT

Description

Occasional on epicormic shoots of Metrosideros excelsa - same tree as this observation https://inaturalist.nz/observations/27684655 (26 June 2019).

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What

Smooth Stick Insect Clitarchus hookeri

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 22, 2020 08:12 AM NZDT

Description

Commonly seen, nymphs and adults, on kahikatoa (Leptospermum aff. scoparium (a)) and rohutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 21, 2020 10:54 AM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola). Photobiont green. Medulla yellow. Thallus apices pruinose. Soralia capitate. Thallus UV+ yellow.

Images here of herbarium material collected 30 November 2019 - in dry state.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J de Lange 14568 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11321

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What

Elegant Fringe Lichen Heterodermia leucomelos

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 02:18 PM NZDT

Description

Treated as Leucodermia leucomelos (L.) Kalb in New Zealand following Mongkolsuk et al. (2015).

Found on canopy branches fallen on forest floor. Phorophyte probably porokaiwhiri (Hedycarya arborea).

Images here of herbarium material collected 30 November 2019 - in dry state.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J de Lange & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC

Mongkolsuk, P.; Meesim, S.; Poengsungnoen, V.; Buaruang, K.; Schumm, F.; Kalb, K. 2015: The lichen family Physciaceae in Thailand - II. Contributions to the genus Heterodermia sensu lato. Phytotaxa 235: 1-66.

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What

Blue Jellyskin Leptogium cyanescens

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 02:18 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola).

Photobiont cyanobacterial. Thallus dark blue, to blue-grey when dry; smooth (not wrinkled), lower surface glabrous; upper surface isidiate, isidia simple to coralloid.

Images here of herbarium material collected 30 November 2019 - in dry state.

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J de Lange 14566 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11319

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What

Tree Jelly Collema subflaccidum

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 02:18 PM NZDT

Description

The small morph that keys out to this species using Galloway (2007). Images here of herbarium material collected 30 November 2019 - in wet and dry states.

Photobiont cyanobacterial. Thallus when wet slimy, dark green-black. Dry thallus black. Upper thallus surface covered in globular isidia.

There seem to be at least two entities keying out to the concept of this species in Galloway (2007).

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019.

Voucher: P.J de Lange 14564 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11317

Galloway, D.J. 2007: Flora of New Zealand; Lichens, including lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi. Revised second edition.2 ed. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. 2261 p.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 02:32 PM NZDT

Description

Corticolous on rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola) with Parmotrema perlatum. Locally common. Photobiont cyanobacterial. Thallus prominently wrinkled and ridged; lobe margins thickly encrusted with coralloid isidia (often so densely developed as to obscure thallus). Apothecia not seen.

Noted for Wharariki - Puponga November 2019 Bioblitz.

Observed in the wild on 29 November 2019. Images from herbarium material photographed using a microscope, showing dry and moistened material.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14567 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11320

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 02:18 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola).

Photobiont cyanobacterial. Thallus greenish-blue when wet, drying blue-grey, upper surface without isidia or phyllidia, smooth, without wrinkles, lobe margins undulate, mostly entire (rarely finely lacerate), thallus undersides smooth, glabrous. Apothecia abundant, disc orange-brown, exciple entire, pale cream or reddish. Ascospores (20.0)-27.5 x 10.0 microns, submuriform, faintly 4-transversely septate, and longitudinally 1-septate, septae obscured by cytoplasm.

Images from herbarium specimen collected 30 November 2019.

Noted for Wharariki - Puponga Bioblitz November 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14565 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11318.

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What

Yellow Specklebelly Pseudocyphellaria crocata

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 20, 2020 10:48 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. One of the undescribed species currently referred to Pseudocyphellaria crocata.

Photobiont cyanobacterial. Medulla white (in places suffused pale yellow). Upper thallus surface punctate impressed, with soredia and maculae, apothecia not seen. Soredia on thallus margins and lamina, laminal ones pustular, marginal ones labriform. Thallus underside with pale more or less glabrous marginal band otherwise tomentose with pale hairs darkening to brown centrally. Pseudocyphellae confined to thallus undersides, minute, fleck-like to prominent and crateriform, yellow.

Noted for Wharariki - Puponga November 2019 Bioblitz.

Observed in the wild on 30 November 2019. Images from herbarium material photographed using a microscope, showing dry and moistened material.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14562 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11315

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Tree Jelly Collema subflaccidum

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 30, 2019 08:58 AM NZDT

Description

Images of herbarium specimen (dry state) collected from Pillar Light Bush on 30 November 2019.

Corticolous / muscicolous on Rawiritoa (Kunzea amathicola).

Thallus small (30-40 mm long), shallowly lobulate, lobes irregular, flattened, dark blue black and jelly-like when wet drying dark blue-grey; lamina covered patchily in aggregations of globular / squamiform isidia (shown in images). Apothecia not seen.

Noted for Wharariki - Puponga Bioblitz November 2019.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14561 & T.J.P. de Lange, UNITEC 11299.

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What

House Holly-Fern Cyrtomium falcatum

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 17, 2020 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Common weedy fern in derelict shadehouse. These images are of a small specimen.

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What

Soft Fern Christella dentata

Observer

pjd1

Date

January 17, 2020 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Abundant throughout derelict shadehouses. This is the widespread possibly naturalised element in what we currently refer to in New Zealand as Christella dentata. This race has shortly creeping rhizomes, and it produces over time an erect caudex up to 0.6 m tall (usually less). The stipes and rhachises are coloured maroon to maroon-black, and the fronds are more distinctly erect, and less brittle than the indigenous element in this complex seen in northern New Zealand. I have seen this particular race in several urban areas, first noting it naturalising around Hamilton in the mid 1980s. However, I have also seen it wild near Kawhia and herbarium specimens of it from Paemako near Piopio. Similar plants also occur in Te Paki. So it may be indigenous or indigenous and naturalised (as separate introductions). Unraveling the taxonomic status of this Christella will not be easy, so for now it is included in a broad New Zealand concept of C. dentata.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

January 17, 2020 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Common 'weed' in old, now derelict shadehouses. Leaves finely tomentose, not especially aromatic, but when bruised smelling of mint (spearmint scented).

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