Buellia leptolepis Bagl. & Carestia

Comm. Soc. Critt. Ital., 2: 83, 1864.
Synonyms: Karschia leptolepis (Bagl. & Carestia) Arnold; Karschia saxatilis f. leptolepis (Bagl. & Carestia) Kreisel
Distribution: N - Piem (Isocrono & al. 2004), VA (Piervittori & Isocrono 1999).
Description: Thallus crustose, episubstratic, whitish to pale grey, consisting of a few, conical, scattered areoles, usually delimited by a black, often fimbriate prothallus, often growing on the thalli of Myriolecis albescens and related taxa. Medulla white, amyloid or not, I-, rarely I+ pale blue. Apothecia cryptolecanorine to zeorine, 0.3-0.4 mm across, black, immersed. Proper exciple poorly differentiated, inner hyphae narrow, hyaline, prosoplectenchymatous, outer hyphae parallel, moderately swollen and usually strongly carbonized with brown and aeruginose pigments reacting N+ violet; epithecium brown to green, N+ reddish; hymenium colourless, not inspersed with oil droplets, 60-80 μm high; hypothecium colourless to dark brown. Asci 8-spored, clavate, Bacidia-type. Ascospores 1-septate, slightly constricted at septum, brown, oblong-ellipsoid, 13-18 x 7-10 μm, Buellia-type, with a microrugulate ornamentation. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: thallus K+ red (needle-like red crystals), C-, KC-, P-. Chemistry: norstictic acid.
Note: a parasite of crustose Lecanoraceae, hitherto known from the Alps and Scandinavia. Roux & coll. (2014) treat it as a possible synonym of B. ectolechioides.
Growth form: Crustose
Substrata: rocks
Photobiont: green algae other than Trentepohlia
Reproductive strategy: mainly sexual
paras Myriolecis albescens and other lichens

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Alpine belt: very rare
Subalpine belt: very rare
Oromediterranean belt: absent
Montane belt: extremely rare
Submediterranean belt: absent
Padanian area: absent
Humid submediterranean belt: absent
Humid mediterranean belt: absent
Dry mediterranean belt: absent


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