Lichen: Anaptychia ciliaris subsp. mamillata
Name: Anaptychia ciliaris ssp. mamillata (Taylor) D.Hawskw.& P.James
Pronunciation: Anaptychia ciliaria subsp mamillata
Conservation Evaluation: Vulnerable
Body Type: Foliose
Description: The irregular branching of the thallus gives it an untidy and loose appearance. It spreads horizontally over the substrate, the edges just turning up. The ends are decorated with large marginal cilia. Apothecia are rare, but when present show a rim similar in colour to the thallus (thalline exciple). The upper surface is tomentose while the under surface lacks rhizines and is a light brown to cream colour.
Chemical Tests: Negative for all spot tests.
Nature Notes: Found on coastal silica poor or calcareous rocks. It is rare in Ireland. Found in abundance on Skellig Michael island off the South West coast of Ireland. Tiny back dots on the lobes may be due to the parasite Stigmidium hageniae.
Vice county distribution map: See Map
Link: Map this species on the Lichen Survey
Other species recorded in Ireland:
- Anaptychia ciliaris
- Anaptychia runcinata (With.) J.R.Laundon
Text and images © Paul Whelan, 2009.