Observation 122470: Acarospora A. Massal.

When: 2012-12-27

Collection location: Serra de Montejunto, Portugal [Click for map]

Who: zaca

No specimen available

This observation refers to the lichen with a yellowish/greenish thallus immersed in the thallus of a Diploschistes. No spot tests were done.


2013/02/16 – Revisitation: Not much difference (as expected) to the previous observation;
2013/02/16 – Revisitation: Chemical reactions.

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By: zaca
2013-02-17 01:44:18 PST (-0800)

I have information to add on the subject of this observation:

1) I found the book:
Lichens from Central East Greenland
Eric Steen Hansen
9 – 1982
available at google books, where (page 11) the following is written:
“In southern Europe, A. scheicheri often grows parasitically on Diploschistes .. "
and three species of Diploschistes are cited (D. albescens, D. speppicus and D. muscorum).

2) Then I found a photo at Timdal website displaying such parasitic relation;

3) Parasitic relations of Acarospora on Diploschistes are not new to me (see, for instance, observation 89121 where A. nodulosa also parasitizes a Diloschistes);

4) One thing I remembered from my previous observations of A. schleicheri (observation 76534, observation 91211 and observation 103044) is the yellow/green shining of this species. In the photos at the following link that feature is perceptible: Tropicallichens.net schleicheri and should be compared with my photos;

5) After collecting this information I went back to the place of the observation, took new photos and made the spot tests (photos already uploaded);

6) The chemistry seems to be different from what I expected to think of it as A. schleicheri, but this together with the new evidences found nearby (the subject of a forthcomming observation) gives me the conviction that it is an Acarospora. Which one? Is what I’ll like to know!

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