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Coccotrema Lichen

Coccotrema minutum


The lichenologist who identified this for me told me this species has not been seen in Kodiak for around 80 years. That is probably because not many people are looking, and many don't know what to look for. When I do a web image search this lichen, I couldn't find any other photos of it online.. only other relatives in the same genus.


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Machi 6 years ago

Oh good point. I don't think most lichens like strong sunlight so I think they are probably pretty similar looking even in the darker months here.. Usually the dramatic differences I observe in lichens are during dry and rainy seasons

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I was thinking more about variation of light. I'll have a read. Thanks.

Machi 6 years ago

I have another spotting of this I took last October... It looks pretty much the same. It's constantly raining here so a lot of the lichens look pretty lush throughout the year.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Interesting stuff. I wonder how it looks at other times of the year.

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Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jun 11, 2017
Submitted on Jun 28, 2017

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