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Ephebe perspinulosa Nyl.
Family: Lichinaceae
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Thallus: filamentous-fruticose, branches terete, ±pointed, forming erect or inclined tufts or rosettes, 2-10 mm wide filaments: old and basal parts 75-100(-110) µm wide with angulate to roundish mycobiont cells in loose paraplectenchyma; younger parts and side branches: (25-)50 µm wide with short celled, angulate to elongated hyphal cells, 2.5-5 x 5(-10) µm, reticulate upper surface: black to blackish brown, dull, lobes finely rough with numerous short, spinule-like side branches isidia: absent, but short side branches may appear isidia-like lower surface: concolorous with upper surface, attached by small gelatinous holdfasts Apothecia: not seen in the Arizona material, elsewhere ±sessile, lateral or terminal, 0.2 mm wide, with a persisting thalline margin proper exciple: thin or absent asci: cylindrical, thin walled, IKI-, 8-spored ascospores: simple, hyaline, globose, 4-6 µm Pycnidia: not seen in the Arizona material conidia: small, bacilliform, 2.5-4 x 1 µm Spot tests: all negative Secondary metabolites: none detected. Substrate and ecology: on sporadically moistened rock, the most drought tolerant species in the genus World distribution: North America, Europe and Siberia Sonoran distribution: a single locality in the mountains of SE Arizona. Notes: For separation from other species see Ephebe ocellata and notes to the genus.