Search the website

Lichen: Gyalecta jenensis var. jenensis

« Back

Name: Gyalecta jenensivar. jenensis (Batsch) Zahlbr.

Apothecia are numerous and are found in clusters.

Apothecia are numerous and are found in clusters. Photo: Curraghchase, Co. Limerick.

Pronunciation: Gyalecta jenensis var jen

Conservation Evaluation: Least Concern

Body Type: Crustose

Apothecia have a shrimp-like colour and texture.

Apothecia have a shrimp-like colour and texture.

Description: The thallus tends to be thin with an orange-pink colour, becoming grey, possibly with age. The sessile apothecia are numerous, less than 1 mm diameter and with a thalline margin. The discs are pale orange and have a glassy shiny appearance. Overall the apothecia have the colour and texture of a cooked shrimp.

VC-Map-Gyalecta-jenensis

VC-Map-Gyalecta-jenensis

Chemical Tests: All spot tests negative.

Nature Notes: Generally found on hard and sloping limestone in damp and shaded areas. The Genus Gyalecta was originally part of Moelleropsis, but was segregated into its own group on the basis of work on the development of the apothecia and the morphology of the ascus tip, and other features.

Vice county distribution map: See Map

Link: Map this species on the Lichen Survey

Other species recorded in Ireland:

Gyalecta derivata (Nyl.) H.Olivier

Gyalecta flotowii Körb.

Gyalecta truncigena (Ach.) Hepp

Text and images © Paul Whelan, 2009.