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Acarospora macrospora (Hepp) A.Massal. ex Bagl.


Thallus consisting of interlocking, angular, brown areoles, testing negative with KOH and sodium hypochlorite (bleach); apothecia one or more per areole, darker, immersed or with distinct margins. A very local and mainly upland species on calcareous rocks, forming sheets over the rock surface. A. fuscata is very similar and much more widespread; it diagnostically tests red with sodium hypochlorite and tends to have more sunken and irregularly-shaped apothecia.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 129; Purvis et al. (1992), 61; Wirth (1995), 1: 104, 105 (photo); Wirth et al. (2004), 230 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 1: 133 (photo), 134.

 
Acarospora macrospora
On limestone rockface, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, March 2008
 
Acarospora macrospora
Acarospora macrospora, enlarged view
On limestone rockface, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, April 2003


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