NS3977 : Nostoc commune on footbridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Nostoc commune on footbridge
Nostoc commune on footbridge
For the whole bridge, see NS3977 : Footbridge over the Murroch Burn. Much of the upper surface was densely covered with a squashy green-brown mass, made up of many separate small, irregularly-shaped pieces, each a few centimetres long. This picture shows several square feet of them. They are colonies of Nostoc commune, a species of cyanobacteria.

The concrete of the footbridge provides a suitable habitat for this species; see NS3977 : Cyanobacteria - Nostoc commune.

(The "commune" in the title for this picture is not the English word, as if somehow descriptive of the mass shown here, but is a Latin adjective, the second half of the scientific name, identifying the species; compare a different Nostoc species: NS3977 : Cyanobacteria - Nostoc pruniforme.)
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Sunday, 6 November, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 25 November, 2011
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