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Dermatocarpon americanum Vain.
Family: Verrucariaceae
Dermatocarpon americanum image
Stephen Sharnoff  
Thallus: foliose, single-lobed attached by a single umbilicus and with 17-60 mm wide lobes upper surface: gray, with epinecral layer consisting of air filled hyphae upper cortex: 80-140 µm thick, hyaline with the outermost 1030 µm dark brown algal layer: 60-120 µm thick, mainly located in the lower part of the upper cortex medulla: 140-400 µm thick, of filamentous hyphae, turning red with Melzer's iodine lower cortex: 60-90 µm thick, with the outermost 10-40 µm brown lower surface: light to dark brown, usually with reticulated wrinkles at least partly but can also be smooth, rugose or verrucose Perithecia: broadly obpyriform to globose, 200-400 µm high and 200330 µm wide, with a hyaline exciple that is light brown to brown in the uppermost part asci: clavate, 8-spored ascospores: simple, hyaline, 10-14 x 5-7 µm Pycnidia: rare, immersed conidia: not found Spot tests: all negative Secondary metabolites: none detected. Substrate and ecology: on different types of rocks, often in seepages (at least seasonal) World distribution: North America, from the U.S.A. and Mexico Sonoran distribution: throughout Arizona, southern California, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, and Sonora. Notes: Dermatocarpon americanum is characterized by the medulla reaction with Melzer's iodine. This overlooked name is the correct one, for a part of what has usually been called D. miniatum (L.) Mann. in the southern part of North America.