Illosporiopsis christiansenii


This lichenicolous fungus (a fungus which is a parasite on lichens) is readily seen due to its red colour.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere that the host lichens are found.

Life History

Parasitic on the lichen Phscia tenella and sometimes also on Xanthoria parietina.

UK Status

Seems to be widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map