Observation 214030: Arthonia elegans (Ach.) Almq.

When: 2015-08-18

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

Who: zaca

No specimen available

Growing on bark.

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Used references: British Flora
Based on microscopic features
Based on chemical features: K+ purple on thallus

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Microscopy added.
By: zaca
2015-08-31 00:34:00 NZST (+1200)

The microscopy was bad but I could not repeated it.
However, in this case, that is enough to achieve the species. Though a small number was observed, the spores are hialine when young and brown at maturity, few septate (3-4 septa) with the upper cell enlarged, with sizes 17-18 × 7-7.5 um. This together with the K+ purple reaction on thallus clearly points to Arthonia elegans, since, according to the British Flora, only two species of Arthonia have a purple pigment soluble in K: A. cinnabarina and A. elegans. The former, wich is most common here, has larger and more septate spores.

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