Distribution: N - Frl (TSB 20352). S - Si (Nimis & al. 1994).
Description: Thallus squamulose, homoiomerous, slightly gelatinous when wet. Squamules brown-black to black, densely crowded, 0.2-1 mm diam., flattened, with an entire to irregular margin, usually not pruinose and not isidiate, smooth to weakly sulcate, adhering to the substrate by a central, lax bundle of rhizohyphae. Apothecia 1-3 per squamule, first immersed and perithecioid, but soon expanded and clearly lecanorine, 0.2-0.7 mm across, with a dark reddish brown, flat to convex disc, and a distinct thalline margin. Proper exciple narrow, 15-20 µm wide, of densely packed, parallel hyphae; epithecium yellowish, 5-10 µm high; hymenium colourless, 90-110 µm high, the hymenial gel I+ blue; paraphyses 1.5-3 µm thick, the terminal cell much swollen and to 6 thick; hypothecium pale yellow, 30-60 µm high in central part. Asci 8-spored, cylindrical-clavate, thin-walled, with an amyloid apical cap. Ascospores 1-celled, hyaline ellipsoid, 10-16 x 6-9 µm. Pycnidia immersed, globose to pyriform. Conidia hyaline, ellipsoid, 2-4 x 1-2 µm. Photobiont cyanobacterial, chroococcoid, of a few cells 6-15 µm diam. surrounded by a gelatinous sheath which is yellowish brown to purple near the thallus surface. Spot tests: all negative. Chemistry: no lichen substances.
Note: on sunny seepage tracks of calcareous rocks, mostly below the montane belt.