Aem­i­nium ludgeri

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild News -

WHAT IS IT? Black moulds aren’t the most charis­matic of life forms, but this one is worth get­ting ex­cited about. It’s a new species be­long­ing to a new genus of a whole new fam­ily of black moulds. Un­for­tu­nately, Aem­i­nium ludgeri also hap­pens to be threat­en­ing a UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

WHERE IS IT? My­col­o­gists might dis­agree, but it’s prob­a­bly fair to say that, for the rest of us, the fun­gus’s habi­tat – the carved lime­stone fea­tures of the 12th-cen­tury Old Cathe­dral of Coim­bra in Por­tu­gal, which are crum­bling as a re­sult of the in­fec­tion – is more pleas­ing on the eye than the mould it­self. Stu­art Black­man

A. ludgeri: a new species found dur­ing Coim­bra cathe­dral’s con­ser­va­tion.

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