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Opegrapha lithyrga Ach.

Thallus very thin, grey to green or brown, lacking soredia, sometimes in mosaics with other species; apothecia black, lirellate, rounded or ellipsoid to elongate and sinuous, ascospores 5-7 septate, 20-35 × 3-5 µm (dimensions from Pentecost & James, in Smith et al., 2009). On sheltered, shaded, siliceous and ultrabasic rocks, often under overhangs, mainly in the west.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 640; Purvis et al. (1992), 409; Valcárcel et al. (2003), 260-1 (photo); Puntillo (1996), plate 27 (photo).

Opegrapha lithyrga
On shaded rockface under overhang, Isle of Muck, June 2012 (BLS meeting)
Opegrapha lithyrga
On shaded basalt rockface under overhang, Traprain Law, East Lothian, June 2011

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