Description: Thallus crustose, homoiomerous, gelatinous when wet, brown, brown-black or black, areolate to granulose. Areoles 0.25-0.5 mm wide, angular to irregular in outline, paraplectenchymatous throughout, attached by rhizohyphae. Apothecia zeorine, arising in a tangle of generative hyphae, sessile, up to 0.7 mm across, urceolate and almost perithecioid, with a pore-like, flat, dark red-brown disc, a golden yellow, prominent parathecial ring, and a thin, often soon excluded thalline margin. Proper exciple up to 50 μm wide, of interwoven, gelatinized hyphae, golden yellow to reddish brown in upper part, colourless in lower part; epithecium reddish brown; hymenium colourless, 100-120 μm high, I+ blue, K/I+ blue; paraphyses slender, coherent, branched and anastomosing, the apical cells 3-5 μm wide; hypothecium colourless. Asci 8-spored, cylindrical-clavate, thin-walled, the outer layer K/I+ blue. Ascospores 1-celled, hyaline, broadly ellipsoid to ellipsoid, 13-25 x 8-12 μm, thin-walled. Pycnidia immersed, globose. Conidia ellipsoid, 3-4 x c. 1.5 μm. Photobiont cyanobacterial, the cells in clusters, surrounded by a yellowish brown (in peripheral parts) to colourless (in inner parts) gelatinous sheath. Spot tests K-, C-, KC-, P-, UV-. Chemistry: without lichen substances.
Note: on calcareous pebbles in shaded woodland floors and crevices in rocky querries, sometimes on mortar; in Italy the species is known from a single station in Liguria, but perhaps was overlooked and is somehow more frequent in Tyrrhenian Italy, albeit certainly not common.