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Specklebelly Lichen Among Kidney Lichens

Pseudocyphellaria citrina


I picked up the stick to check out the Kidney Lichens, and I was surprised to see one lobe not like the rest. The neon yellow soredia really stood out, and when I flipped the stick over, the underside was covered in little "hairs" that the kidney lichens lack. Then, nearby I found another stick, also in a very small clump. They must not be too common, as this was my first time photographing them despite picking up windfallen lichens all the time.


Found on a small, windfallen spruce twig covered in Kidney Lichen (Nephroma helveticum subsp. sipeanum). Likely, the twig came from high up in the trees. See my older spotting of the Kidney Lichens here:


Robert Luecking provided the ID in a lichen group and said that it "Typically has granular to pseudosisidiate soredia and no or few pseudocyphellae along the lower margin." My other possibility I thought it could be was Pseudocyphellaria crocata, but I will stick to his ID as it stands.

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Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.82, Long: -152.40

Spotted on Dec 19, 2019
Submitted on Dec 21, 2019

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