An inconspicuous lichen similar to Placynthiella uliginosa. It differs in the lighter if wet, pink-purple to light brown fruiting bodies as well as in larger spores, wider paraphyses and thicker hymenium. The species grows on bare soil, for example in ditches along forest roads, often in associations with other ephemerous epigeic lichens. Its range is restricted to Europe and the species is generally rare, maybe partly overlooked. It was described independently several times, among others also from the Czech Republic as Lecidea praecox (Vězda 1967). Its type locality is on the periphery of Brno, a forest above Mokrá Hora. It has not been reported from elsewhere in the Czech Republic, and its current population status at the type locality is unknown.
Literature: Vězda A. (1967): Lecidea praecox, eine neue Flechten-Art aus der Verwandtschaft von Lecidea uliginosa (Schrad.) Ach. – Preslia 39: 1–4.taxonomic classification:
Ascomycota → incertae sedis Ascomycota → Aphanopsidaceae → Aphanopsismost frequented synonyms:Lecidea praecox
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