Distribution: N - TAA, VA (Piervittori & Isocrono 1999).
Description: Thallus crustose-placodioid, episubstratic, closely adhering to the rock, ochraceous yellow to brownish orange, epruinose, forming orbicular to usually irregular, up to 5 cm wide rosettes. Central part of thallus verrucose-areolate; marginal lobes much longer than wide, markedly convex and sometimes almost subcylindrical, straight to usually sinuous, divergent, 0.3-0.8(-1.5) mm wide, to 0.6 mm thick, dichotomously branched. Apothecia 1-1.5(-2) mm across, rounded to irregular in outline, slightly constricted at base, with a flat to slightly convex, orange-brown disc, a thin proper margin, and a thick, smooth to crenulate thalline margin. Epithecium orange-brown, K+ red; hymenium colourless, 80-100 µm high; hypothecium colourless. Ascospores 1-septate (very rarely 2-septate), not polarilocular and not constricted at septum, hyaline, fusiform, (15-)17-24(-28) x 3.5-6 µm, straight or slightly curved. Conidia pyriform. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: thallus and apothecia K+ red, C-, KC-, P-. Chemistry: thallus and apothecia with unidentified anthraquinones.
Note: on weakly calciferous schists; a poorly known species, a revision of the type material is needed; the distinction from Variospora australis is not clear.