Notes: Steps in the key of the British Flora leading to the proposed name:
Ascospores 2- or more septate;
Apothecial sections not K+ purple, violet or magenta;
Hypothecium <50 µm, colorless or pale;
Ascospores mostly <26 µm long, <10 µm wide;
Ascospores more than 12-14 µm long (average dimensions observed: Me = 16.9 × 5.7 µm ; Qe = 3 (N=17));
Apothecia not pruinose;
Apothecial sections C- (presumably, not tested);
Apothecial linear to stellate;
—> Arthonia stellaris.
There are not many photos available of this species; The one in British liichens is very similar to my specimens.
Arthonia elegans is very close and differs by having apothecia dull red to purple brown and epithecium K+ purple or blue-violet.
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