Here is another example of my poor knowledge of lirelate lichens. When I first look at it seemed to be (beautiful) young specimen of a Graphis (either G. elegans or G. scripta, as far as I know the representatives of that genus here).
Performing the spot tests, the doubt appeared, since the K reaction was clearly bright yellow with no changed to red (as it usually happens with G. elegans; G. scripta is K-).
The microscopy reenforces the doubt about its classification; In fact, though the hymenium looked like that of a Graphis, the spores are less septate (2 to 5 septa) and much shorter than in the species mentioned above, with the following average dimensions: Me = 24.7 × 7.5 um ; Qe = 3.3 (N=35). Moreover, the spores are oblong in shape and some are constricted at septa. I found no non-hyaline spores, which maybe is natural for a young specimen, and in fact there were no free spores on the slide; all the spores observed were forced to leave their asci by pressuring the cover slip.
Therefore, it my belong to a genus closer to Graphis. I have no good key for Graphidaceae in my area. Any idea?
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