Observation 105072: Acarospora socialis H. Magn.
When: 2012-08-03
(34.2436° -118.1008° 1729m)
No herbarium specimen

Notes: HABITAT chaparral completely burned two years ago on steep south-facing slope at high elevation; SUBSTRATE dark siliceous rock outcrop; ASPECT open; NOTES K- C- KC- UV+y 350nm, substipitate scattered subsquamulose yellow areoles.

This was on an outcrop in the middle of a slope that was completely burned during the Station Fire three years ago. You can see part of the thallus was killed (pale whitish dead areoles mixed with the live yellow ones). Hard to believe anything on the surface of the rock could survive, but this was not the only one; I found about a dozen species survived the fire: Dermatocarpon americanum, Caloplaca saxicola, Acarospora socialis, Candelariella rosulans, Phaeophyscia sp., Umbilicaria phaea, a brown Acarospora sp. and so on. Amazing.

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