Σημειώσεις: Identification: For distinguishing P. leucophlebia from P. aphthosa, Hinds and Hinds (2007, p.356) place the emphasis on the veins or lack thereof on the undersurface (and other characters as well). In their key, both species go to the same place, and then P. leucophlebia is described as “Lower surface with distinct, grayish brown, marginally paler veins.” For P. aphthosa, they say “Lower surface lacking distinct veins, dark centrally with paler margins.” Brodo (2001, p.505) makes the same distinction: for aphthosa, “lower surface of thallus uniformly black to dark brown, abruptly turning white close to the margins, much as in P. malacea (plate 305).” In fact, the common name of P. malacea is “veinless pelt.” There are supporting photos of the two patterns in Brodo.
Photos: Photos 45327 and 45328 were taken at 9:19:43 and 9:22:39 and go together. Photo 45326 was taken at 10:12:06, so it was found a little farther down the track. All of them were in the same general area, along about 500 m of level trail on a forested north-facing slope just above the river.
Common name: veined freckle-pelt