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Fungi

There may be more species of fungi in my yard than of any other group of organisms [1], including insects. And yet, so far, I've only found four.

Of course, most fungi are small, live underground, in decaying wood, or as internal parasites of the other yard inhabitants. So they're not easy to photograph and even harder to identify.

But what about the lichens? [2] There are many lichens in the yard, growing on trees, logs, and rocks. But they, too, are hard to identify, especially from photographs.

But still, I should do better than four!

Meadow Mushroom

Agaricus campestris

Maple Agrocybe

Agrocybe acericola

Juniper-Hawthorn Rust

Gymnosporangium globosum

Shield Lichen

Parmelia sulcata


  1. There are 2.2 to 3.8 to million species according to a recent (2017) estimate.
  2. Lichens are composite organisims resulting from a mutualistic relationship between a species of fungus and an algae or cyanobacteria. .