Diploschistes scruposus (Schreb.) Norman

A conspicuous and probably the best-known member of the genus. It is often called “hippo skin” thanks to its thick and rough thallus. Apart from the characteristic appearance, D. scruposus is a relatively variable lichen. Further diagnostic features are the 8-spored asci and the content of lecanoric acid (C+ red), sometimes also diploschistesic a­cid.

The lichen is common on acidic to slightly basic siliceous rocks. It prefers sun-exposed outcrops from lowlands to mountains. It is a cosmopolitan species, widespread and common in Europe as well as in the Czech Republic.

taxonomic classification:

Ascomycota Lecanoromycetes Ostropales Graphidaceae Diploschistes

Red List (Liška & Palice 2010):LC – least concern

Occurrence in the Czech Republic

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