Lichens of the world!

Lichens of the world!

Lichens of the world! - Global : To see if it is possible to gather all lichen observations together and make it easier for experts and others interested in lichens. Many lichens have global distributions or at least similar species in the genera are present in different parts of the wor

To see if it is possible to gather all lichen observations together and make it easier for experts and others interested in lichens. Many lichens have global distributions or at least similar species in the genera are present in different parts of the world so it may be possible for experts from one area to suggest a tentative ID for lichens in other areas (perhaps in a comment).
It is not possible to separately select observations with the 'lichen' tag that do not have an identification in this project. Instead to do this go to the 'Explore community' top level menu, select 'Map' then use the filters to select 'lichen' as the tag and 'without likely ID'. This shows a global map with all the lichen observations without names, when I checked a few moments ago there were 108 of these, 90 of which were in the UK. However I know that certain other parts of the world such as South Africa would very much like lichen experts to have a look at their lichen observations to give some help even if it is only a tentative ID in comments as this may help the locals to look the species in their local ID guides.

Also see http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/southern-african-lichens#comment for an interesting discussion on how to deal with lichens in iSpot. Particularly note the section produced by Tony, the links below cover the largest group of lichens but in the comments he also shows how to get the other groups of lichens too:

You can get all the observations for a taxon immediately e.g.

http://www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/sanbi/Lecanoromycetes

substitute CoL or UKSI for sanbi in the link to use the other two dictionaries (global and UK, respectively).

Note you can also surf lichens using the following
http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa/species-browser/Lecanoromycetes
substitute Chile, Hong-Kong or UK-and-Ireland for the other communities respectively.

04 May 2015
miked