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Arthonia amylospora Almq.

Lacks a thallus or its own photobiont (and arguably a "lichen" only as a member of a generally lichenised genus), occurs in the thallus of Porpidia rugosa, forming clusters of ± rounded, black apothecia, to 0.35mm diameter (Coppins & Aptroot, in Smith et al., 2009), immersed in the host surface. Sparse, scattered records in western Britain.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 157; Purvis et al. (1992), 76.


Arthonia amylospora
In thallus of Porpidia rugosa, seacliff at Bàgh a Ghallanaich, Isle of Muck, June 2012 BLS meeting

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