NS3778 : A fungus - Onygena equina

taken 13 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A fungus - Onygena equina
A fungus - Onygena equina
The common name for this species, seen here as tiny mushrooms growing on a ram's horn, is "Horn Stalkball". This fungus isn't included in popular guides to mushroom identification; not only is it uncommon, but it also has a very unusual habitat: it is restricted to the remains of hooves and horns of certain animals. Sheep roam freely on the slopes where this horn was found; remains of horns are therefore not uncommon in the area.

The fungus grows on keratin, which makes up horns (it also makes up human hair and fingernails).
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 13 August, 2008
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Heath, Scrub 
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Carman Muir 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 375 782 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1760N 4:36.2508W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 375 782
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