Cladia ferdinandii aka Lacy Coral Lichen
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions with occasional light rain
Photos: Michal & Adam Dutkiewicz
Cladia ferdinandii is a rare Australian lichen (Lichenized fungi) found in the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and in other areas along the coast. It is threatened by the encroachment of nearby housing developments. This very beautiful and delicate group of lichens resemble coral, and they are susceptible to trampling and pilfering, hence the need for this Aldinga Scrub colony to be fenced off.