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The Ascomycete Fungus, Daldinia concentrica as a Habitat for Animals

Marjorie R. Hingley
Journal of Animal Ecology
Vol. 40, No. 1 (Feb., 1971), pp. 17-32
DOI: 10.2307/3327
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3327
Page Count: 22
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The Ascomycete Fungus, Daldinia concentrica as a Habitat for Animals
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Abstract

(1) From collections of the fungus Daldinia concentrica made over a period of 4 years from five localities in southern England and Wales, 110 species of animals were obtained. (2) A composite picture of animal life has been built up from the examination of typical and atypical fungi of known age. In both types the succession starts with the specific fauna and continues with more generalized fungus feeders and predators. Later these species are joined or replaced by species more typical of dead and dying wood. Four out of the five species known to be specific to the fungus were found in the collections of typical and atypical fungi. Two of these four species were common to both collections, while each collection had one species not found in the other. (3) The life histories of the five species known to be specific to the fungus are examined. They are found to make use of the active spore-dispersing stage of the fungus for the early stages of their development and four them are shown to overwinter in the dead fungus at some stage of their life history. (4) Comparisons are made between this Ascomycete and some Basidiomycetes as habitats for animal life.

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