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Bullseye Lichen

Placopsis scripta

Description:

This is a species new to science known from several localities around the Gulf of Alaska. When I was collecting samples I found these small, pink apothecia on only a few of the individuals; the last time I photographed them I didn't find any.

Habitat:

On a large boulder in a parking lot on Near Island. There are only a couple buildings here and no homes to this small island adjacent to Kodiak.

Notes:

I came back to get samples after taking some photos (https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/34...) and I sent them off for sequencing to the scientists writing the paper about this soon-to-be described species. They confirmed this as Placopsis scripta.

See this spotting for more zoomed out views of the lichen: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/34...

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2 Comments

Machi
Machi 2 months ago

Thanks Tukup!

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Always amazed at the stuff you find up there Machi . . . . . and are able to identify. Thanks.

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.78, Long: -152.40

Spotted on Dec 19, 2019
Submitted on Dec 27, 2019

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