Lichen: Protopannaria pezizoides
Name: Protopannaria pezizoides (Weber) P.M.Jørg. & S.Ekman (2001)
Old name: Pannaria pezizoides
Pronunciation: To be uploaded
Conservation Evaluation: Least Concern
Body Type: Crustose
Description: The apothecia are numerous and conspicuous reaching a diameter of 2mm. The discs are bright orange (when dry) to brown-orange or chestnut brown (when damp). The rims are distinctive being scalloped and or granular. Soredia and isidia are absent.The thallus is composed of grey (when dry) to brown (when wet) squamules, small and often overlapping and sometimes displaying a reddish tint. The hypothallus is poorly developed.
Chemical Tests: All negative, no lichen products detected.
Nature Notes: Typically found in damp areas such as among mosses and decaying wood, on old walls and mature trees. The sites also tend to be undisturbed and sheltered. The lichen contains the photobiont Nostoc; this adds the dark blue-grey colour to the species when wetted. Found mainly in the coastal counties of the west of Ireland, especially Cos. Kerry, Mayo and Donegal.
Photographed: Co. Kerry, Killarney.
Vice county distribution map: See map
Link: Map this species on the Lichen Survey
Other species recorded in Ireland:
This is the only member of the genus known worldwide.
Text and images © Paul Whelan, 2010.