Lecidea fuscoatra (L.) Ach.

Apparently the most common genus member in the Czech Republic, widespread across nearly entire country. The lichen is relatively variable and in sterile stage, especially in mosaic between other lichens, can be easily overlooked. The characteristic spot reaction of gyrophoric acid with Calcium hypochlorite (C+ red) may help its identification.

Lecidea fuscoatra prefers sun-exposed localities. It grows on a variety of acidic rocks including human-processed stones (such as gravestones and artificial walls). The species can be found also on fully anthropogenic substrates (roof tiles, bricks). It is tolerant to dusting and slight substrate enrichment. It is one of the most common lichens even on ultrabasic and vulcanite rocks. In limestone areas, the species reliably indicates presence of siliceous insertions.

A similar species, L. grisella, differs in the usually grey, continuously areolate to rimose thallus. The two species were not distinguished in the past and some authors still do not distinguish them today. In this Atlas, such records are listed as L. fuscoatra agg. Another similar but much rarer species, L. fuscoatrina, differs in the C- reaction of the cortex.

taxonomic classification:

Ascomycota Lecanoromycetes Lecanorales Lecideaceae Lecidea

most frequented synonyms:Lecidea ocellulata
Red list:LC – least concern

Occurrence in the Czech Republic

All records: 145, confirmed 121. One click on a selected square displays particular record(s), including their source(s).

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