Collection location: Whittier, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, USA [Click for map]
Si rock in salt spray zone.
Haven’t yet accessed Brodo 1988 which describes subspecies, which differ in habitat of seashore and alpine. Up to 5 or so radiating ostioles per ascocarp implies O. subplicans var. sublicans I think.
(Initially thought might be Coccotrema maratimum but asci morphology and iodine reaction indicate O. sublicans. See key p.124 in Brodo 2001)
Only photos I could find: Sharnoff’s photo (also in Brodo et al. 2001) – http://www.sharnoffphotos.com/...; and (apparently misidentified as Coccotrema maritimum) in closeup image –
http://www.seaweedsofalaska.com/species.asp?SeaweedID=167 (proximity to C. maritimum is mentioned by Brodo and Sloan (2004) “Accompanying the Coccotrema are such widespread lichens as Placopsis lambii, various species of Rhizocarpon, and rarer west coast species such as Ochrolechia subplicans.”)
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