Observation 77854: Lecanora albella (Pers.) Ach.

When: 2011-10-02

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

Who: zaca

No specimen available



Proposed Names

58% (1)
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Used references: CNALH.
Based on microscopic features
Based on chemical features

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By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-10-04 03:24:04 CDT (-0400)

We’re using the exact same information! I hope we’re right. :)

Quoting CNALH:
By: zaca
2011-10-03 16:35:46 CDT (-0400)

- “Lecanora albella is readily distinguished by its heavily pruinose apothecial disc, relatively small apothecia with thin margins, and the presence of protocetraric acid”.
- Chemically, the two species [L. albella and L. caesiorubella_] are indistinguishable, but L. caesiorubella generally has larger apothecia and a thicker pseudocortex.

So, my proposal of classification was based on the following: My specimen satisfy the conditions of the first item above and the apothecia are very smal with thin and not flexous margins. Therefore, I chose L. albella.

Let me add that this specimen did not react K+y to r and it remains on K+y. But, this was mentioned in CNALH to be possible for the chemical reactions.

I was just looking at this
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-10-03 12:47:42 CDT (-0400)

I wasn’t confident of distinguishing L. albella from L. caesiorubella. Do you mind sharing your reasoning?

(I, too, concluded mine was L. albella based on apothecia mostly < 1 mm (only one as large as 1.5 mm) and thin rims with cortex ~50 μm. But in my case, in the Santa Monica Mountains of southern California, only L. caesiorubella_ has been reported and is far more common in the general area, making me second-guess myself. I had to double check the chemistry to verify KC+ rose – most noticeable on the apothecia if I was quick to apply the C before the K+ yellow turns to red.)

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