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Crustose lichen on tree-trunk.

Observed: 31st December 2011 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Crustose lichen on tree-trunk.
Description:

Crustose lichen.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

AlanS's picture

Actually

the young apothecia do have distinct margins, but they are black like the rest of the apothecium. In the slightly odd lichen terminology they are "proper margins", as distinct from the usually white "thalline" margins seen in Lecanora and similar genera.

If I had not noted these well developed "proper" margins I would not have added agreement for Lecidella elaeochroma. Other species, notably Amandinia punctata, can appear very similar and chemical testing is really advised for accurate ID. L. elaeochroma gives a conspicuous orange reaction with sodium hypochlorite (fresh bleach).

Alan

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Margins

AlanS - Thanks. I have a lot to learn about lichens.

Bill

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