Distribution: N - Frl (Herb. Ravera 4380), Ven, TAA, Lomb, Piem (Isocrono & al. 2004), VA (Piervittori & Isocrono 1999, Isocrono & al. 2008, Favero-Longo & Piervittori 2009), Emil (Fariselli & al. 2020). C - Tosc, Sar.
Description: Thallus crustose, episubstratic, areolate or almost subsquamulose, pale cream-yellow to yellowish white, with a usually well-developed, black prothallus. Areoles contiguous to usually dispersed, 1-1.5 mm wide, convex, sometimes almost globular, attached by an umbilicus-like bundle of hyphae, the peripheral ones often elongate and somewhat radiating. Cortex (25-)40-50 µm thick, of more or less anticlinally arranged hyphae, filled with coarse, 3.5-7 µm wide, colourless crystals not dissolving in K and in N; medulla white in upper part, often brown in lower part, filled with crystals. Apothecia frequent, lecanorine, (0.6-)1-2(-3) mm across, at first adnate, then broadly sessile, with a brown to brown-black, epruinose, slightly concave to convex disc, and a thin, subcrenulate, hardly prominent, finally often excluded thalline margin. Thalline exciple corticate, the cortex 25-50 µm thick, filled with crystals; proper exciple 20-40 µm wide; epithecium brown, N-, overlain with a 3-5 µm thick colourless layer; hymenium colourless, 50-90 µm high, I+ blue; paraphyses 1.5-2.5 µm thick in lower part, simple or sparingly branched in upper part, the apical cells slightly expanded and to 4.5 µm wide; hypothecium colourless. Asci 8-spored, clavate, very thin-walled, with a K/I+ blue, tall tholus penetrated by a faintly amyloid apical cushion, the wall K/I-, surrounded by a blue outer layer, Lecanora-type. Ascospores 1-celled, hyaline, narrowly ellipsoid to ellipsoid, 9-16(-18) x 4-7(-8) µm. Pycnidia immersed, ovoid to subglobose, the wall colourless except near the dark ostiole. Conidia filiform, straight or curved, 21-28.5 x c. 0.5 µm. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: thallus K- or K+ pale yellow, C-, KC+ yellow, P+ orange yellow, UV+ dull orange; medulla always K-, P- or P+ pale orange yellow. Chemistry: usnic acid (major, in cortex only), sometimes with different combinations of stictic, norstictic, and cryptostictic acids, epanorin, zeorin, fatty acids (minor or absent).
Note: on steeply inclined surfaces of weakly calciferous siliceous rocks, often in otherwise dry seepage tracks, mostly in upland areas. Some Italian records need to be checked, as this species was not always distinguished in the past from L. argopholis.
Growth form: Crustose
Photobiont: green algae other than Trentepohlia
Reproductive strategy: mainly sexual
Subcontinental: restricted to areas with a dry-subcontinental climate (e.g. dry Alpine valleys, parts of Mediterranean Italy)
Source: Roux C., Bertrand M., Poumarat S., Uriac P. 2022. Quelques espèces nouvelles saxicoles – calcifuges de Lecanora du groupe polytropa (Ascomycota, Lecanoraceae) découvertes en France. Bull. Soc. linn. Provence, 73: 79-120.