APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Corollospora maritima Werderm, 1922 - A marine sac fungus (Marine fungi images)
Marine sac fungus
Corollospora maritima
- ascomata on shipworm valve 1

Marine sac fungus
Corollospora maritima
- ascomata on shipworm valve 2

Marine sac fungus
Corollospora maritima
- ascomata on shipworm valve 3

Marine sac fungus
Corollospora maritima
- ascospores / x400 -1

The species was found on 2-3mm shipworm valves of Psiloteredo megotara as well as on the wood the shipworms were boring into. Shipworms are a wood boring bivalve and can often be found within timber and driftwood that has been cast up on the shore.

The shipworms and fungus was found on a 30cm diameter piece of plywood washed up at Sennen Cove, Penwith, Cornwall. 02.11.12.

The asexual fungi Trichocladium achrasporum and Trichocladium lignicola were also found on the surface of the plywood.

Here I am in debt to Professor Gareth Jones for his assistance in identifying all the species of marine fungi found on the plywood.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Corollospora maritima Marine sac fungi images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.