Observation 66326: Lunularia cruciata

When: 2011-04-19

Collection location: Marteleira, Lourinhã, Portugal [Click for map]

Who: zaca

Specimen available

When I first saw the thallus of this lichen I thought it was a sterile species of Cladonia. But the size, shape and consistency of the lobes / squamules was totally different from what I’ve seen in that genus. After examining the photographs, I noticed that the lobes are actually very consistent, and each is divided into many sections each with a hole at the center, which can be an ostiole, or simply a hole (pseudocephalodia?). Also very intriguing is the existence in some lobes of a kind of bags that contain formations within a shimmering green, different from the rest of the thallus. Yet another strange thing can be seen at the bottom of the right side in the first picture: is this a preliminary stage of a fruit body?.
From the research I did, I found some species of Peltigera vaguely similar, and may even be a greenmorph of a Sticta, but again the resemblance is vague, since, in general, their lobes are not so consistent and are multiply bifurcated into branches.


Specimen collected
Section of a lobe
Upper surface – magnification 40x
Rhizines – magnification 40x

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Recognized by sight: ID by else

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Thanks, else, for the identification.
By: zaca
2011-04-26 13:24:46 CDT (-0400)
Lunularia cruciata – a LIVERWORT
By: else
2011-04-26 13:18:41 CDT (-0400)

not a lichen, but a liverwort – named after the shape of the structures on top of the thallus in which gemmae (vegetative propagules) are formed.