KEYS TO THE LICHENS OF ITALY - 32) PELTULA
Pier Luigi Nimis
Apparatus of images: Andrea Moro - Software and databases: Stefano Martellos
Peltula is a worldwide distributed genus of c. 40, mostly soil- and rock-inhabiting species, with the highest diversity in arid and semi-arid regions, or wherever arid microclimates are found, on seepage tracks of both acidic and base-rich rocks. It has a high diversity in the Mediterranean Region, which hosts all of the species known so far from the European continent. Soil-inhabiting species are broadly similar in appearance to species of Heppia, which differ in having 8-spored, prototunicate asci without an apical apparatus. The genus is currently placed in the Peltulaceae within the Lichinales. This key includes the 6 species known to occur in Italy.
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