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Golden Shield Lichen

Xanthoria parietina


It is a foliose, or leafy, lichen. It has wide distribution, and many common names such as common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen and shore lichen.


Xanthoria parietina is found in sunny, exposed places that are rich in nitrogen like sea cliffs where seabirds provide nitrogen or trees, rocks and manmade substrates wherever there is plenty of nitrogen. It is a widespread lichen, and has been reported from Australia, Africa, Asia, North America and throughout much of Europe. In eastern North America and Europe, it is found more frequently near coastal locations. The increases in NO3- deposition as a result of industrial and agricultural developments in southern Ontario, Canada in the 20th century are thought to be responsible for the reappearance of this species in the local lichen flora.

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injica 8 years ago

ok, just thought that since the other part is plant that they are in the category of other

KimLomman 8 years ago

Not sure what you mean. Lichen are a composite of fungi with a photosynthetic partner, usually algae or cyanobacteria. In terms of scientific classification and naming lichen are in kingdom Fungi.

injica 8 years ago

ok, im waiting for a noah ranger to confirm it ...coz they actually arent fungi.

KimLomman 8 years ago

You can change the category to Fungi. All lichen are classified as fungi.

injica 8 years ago

Yeah, especially when there is no sun, that's probably the only thing "glowing" in the forest :) it cheers me a lot!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Love these little bursts of sunshine!

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Spotted on Apr 12, 2013
Submitted on Apr 12, 2013

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