This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.
If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.
Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon
known as stag’s horn fungus or candlestick fungus
deadwood of broadleaved trees and moss, fruits all year round, especially
during autumn and winter
bodies (ascocarps) are cylindrical or flattened with dimensions of 3–8
centimetres (1.2–3.1 in) tall × 2–8 mm thick
play an important role within our ecosystems, helping to recycle nutrients from
dead or decaying organic matter, and providing food and shelter for different
it seems to refer to a relevant physical comparison, the common name
Candlesnuff Fungus is something of an enigma.
It suggests something that once
emitted light but no longer does so; however, in reality it is a bioluminescent
fungus, and in a really dark place it can be seen to emit light continually as
phosphorus accumulated within the mycelium reacts with oxygen and other
chemicals in the fungus.
Unfortunately the amount of light from this and most
other bioluminescent fungi is very weak indeed, and to see it clearly you need
either an image intensifier (such as those built into night sights) or to take
a long-exposure photograph in a totally dark room.