A distinctive oceanic lichen, characterized by specific structures – hyphophores, whose shape resembles clasping hands. Gyalideopsis muscicola forms glossy film-like thalli, typically on pleurocarpous mosses on standing and lying tree trunks and stones in humid forest areas. However, its ecological amplitude is wider and it can also grow epiphytically directly on bark, or on the ground. Most records come from the wettest areas of north-western Europe (western British Isles, Norway). From central Europe, it has been reported so far only from two localities in the Czech Republic: from an old-growth beech forest in the Smrčina massif in the Šumava Mountains and from the Plzeň region, where the species was found, unusually, on clay soil (kaolin).
Literature: Palice Z., Malíček J., Peksa O. & Vondrák J. (2018): New remarkable records and range extensions in the central European lichen biota. – Herzogia 31: 518–534.taxonomic classification:
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