Decomposition in the Redwood Forest

Because of all the moisture that falls in the redwood forest, decompostion can happen at a rapid rate. There are many decomposers because of this moisture; including fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates (insects and worms among others). Here are some mushroom pictures, along with a picture of a type of lichen.

Amanita mushrooms are poisonous
Coral Fungus

Lichen is a fungus and bacteria living in symbiosis, meaning they work together to survive and one could not survive without the other. In the redwood forest, most lichens live in the trees and are not decomposers. Here, these lichens are slowly decomposing the rock.

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