Description: Thallus crustose, areolate, dark brown to reddish brown, dull, the areoles up to 1.5 mm broad, rounded or indistinctly lobed, convex. Cortex 30-45 µm thick; underside pale. Apothecia 1 to 3-8 per areole, immersed, up to 0.5 mm across, with a concave to flat, black-brown, rugose or umbonate disc, and a usually prominent thalline margin. Exciple 10-20 µm thick, I–; epithecium reddish brown; hymenium colourless, (110–)125–140(–175) high, I+ red or blue; paraphyses 1.5-1.8 µm thick at mid level, the apical cells capitate, 4-5 µm wide. Asci 100-200-spored, clavate, the apical dome K/I-. Ascospores 1-celled, hyaline, broadly ellipsoid, 3-5 x 1.8-2 µm. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: cortex K-, C+ red, KC+ red, P-. Chemistry: gyrophoric acid.
Note: a species of the A.squamulosa-complex, growing on siliceous, often iron-containing rocks, known from several stations in the eastern (Austria) and western (France) Alps. It mainly differs from A. squamulosa s.str. in the taller hymenium, and in molecular data (see Knudsen & al. 2019). To be looked for in Italy.