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White Crustose Lichen

Post by Chris Johnson » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:30 pm

This 'snow-white' lichen was found on a vertical face of granitic rock close to a seepage.

It was the only patch and I failed to get anything useful to sample. With its distinct fragmented apothecia, I thought it might be identifiable, but no joy.

Does anyone recognise it?

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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by JennyS » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:50 pm

Hi Chris - it might be worth considering Herteliana gagei: http://fungi.myspecies.info/all-fungi/herteliana-gagei
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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by Chris Johnson » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:26 pm

Thanks Jenny, that sounds a real posibility. The small fragment I managed to chip off was barren. I'll try and get back soon and have another look although it sound s as if mature apothecia are scarce.

This is a bonus as I wasn't expecting much; more a bid to keep this lichen section going. I'll post another tomorrow.

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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by JennyS » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:53 pm

Did you check the thallus for K, C and KC reactions as if not would be worth doing when you go back - and please keep on posting lichen photos and queries!
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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by Chris Johnson » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:32 am

JennyS wrote: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:53 pm Did you check the thallus for K, C and KC reactions as if not would be worth doing when you go back - and please keep on posting lichen photos and queries!
No, I didn't. Christine has the testing kit. We will take it next time.

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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by Paul Cannon » Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:07 pm

Jenny's Herteliana suggestion is worth following up. The thallus is described as pale duck-egg blue but the colour isn't always well developed.

Or it could be one of the Opegrapha species that are lichen parasites, which would account for the irregular apothecia.

You are sure that the white is a lichen thallus and not a quartzite extrusion?

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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by Chris Johnson » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:08 pm

Definitely a lichen thallus, I'll do some tests on my next visit.

I hadn't considered Opegrapha as I thought the ascocarps were all lirellate.

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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by Chris Johnson » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:39 pm

JennyS wrote: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:53 pm Did you check the thallus for K, C and KC reactions as if not would be worth doing when you go back - and please keep on posting lichen photos and queries!
Hi Jenny
Managed to get back and find another patch close by. Tests on both patches are C-, K+ yellow, Pd+ yellow. Also got a spore-drop which all fit with Lecidea phaeops. Very close to your suggestion.
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Re: White Crustose Lichen

Post by JennyS » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:30 pm

Hi Chris - delighted you've a positive identification for it
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