Observation 130206: Lichen P. Micheli

When: 2013-02-16

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

Who: zaca

No specimen available

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Wow, he has some beautiful shots, and some unusual species
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2013-03-23 11:01:53 AEDT (+1100)

Yes, his Pyrenopsis does look promising, doesn’t it?

I +/- understandood.
By: zaca
2013-03-23 10:52:44 AEDT (+1100)

There are some similar Pyrenopsis, like the one in the webpage of Matthias Schultz.

It just has that look to it…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2013-03-23 10:24:38 AEDT (+1100)

It’s a good hypothesis to work with, at least. Crustose cyanolichens are almost all gelatinous / homiomerous (meaning cyanobacteria is distributed evenly throughout and there is little differentiation into medulla and cortices). It is easy to test for… with a microscope! :)

Verrucaria is also black, but it has perithecia not apothecia. Placynthiella, is black too, but it looks really different. Probably others I don’t know. But all the rest I’ve seen (photos of) are cyanolichens, mostly in Lichinales.

I agree …
By: zaca
2013-03-23 09:53:52 AEDT (+1100)

it is a spectacular specimen, but I had no clue about its possible classification. Why did you look for a “gelatinous / homiomerous genera”?
Unfortunately, “microscopy” in again a forbidden word, but I preserved a sample and maybe in the future I will back to it.

Beautiful specimen
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2013-03-23 05:46:11 AEDT (+1100)

This must be one of the crustose gelatinous / homiomerous genera. Just scanning the generic key in British Flora, it looks like these are candidates: Porocyphus, Euopsis, Pyrenopsis, Pterygiopsis (of course there are probably half a dozen others, ugh, difficult group!)

Apparently knowing which type of cyanobacterium is present is helpful, as well as number of cells in the spore.

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