Nash, T.H., Ryan, B.D., Gries, C., Bungartz, F., (eds.) 2007. Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region. Vol 3.
Thallus: squamulose-peltate squamules: 1-2(-3) mm wide, composed of cylindrical to somewhat flattened lobules, erect at first, becoming squeezed aside by growing fruiting bodies, finally often radially arranged, not or sparsely branched, ±cylindrical, sometimes knotty or slightly flattened, straight or bent, lobes 1-1.5 mm long, 0.18-0.3 mm thick, centrally with compact to fairly loose central hyphal strand, 100-170 µm thick, with reticulate anatomy towards the periphery, 40-75 µm thick upper surface: black, dull isidia: absent lower surface: concolorous with the upper surface, attached by central tuft of rhizohyphae Apothecia: sessile or finally stipitate, marginal or subterminal, 0.4-0.8(-1) mm wide disc: black (also when moist), at first slightly depressed, finally plane and wide open, sometimes incrusted with dust particles; thalline margin: persisting, 50-100 µm wide, prominent, finally flat; proper exciple: lacking epihymenium: indistinct but upper parts of hymenium reddish brown hymenium: IKI+ deep blue, 75-95 µm tall; subhymenium: hyaline, IKI+ blue, 20-25(-50) µm thick, elongated as a stipe into central strand asci: subclavate or subcylindrical, thin walled, IKI-, but with rather conspicuous gelatinous cap, 8-spored ascospores: hyaline, simple, broad ellipsoid to subglobose, small, 8-12 x 7-11 µm Pycnidia: immersed, ellipsoid, c. 200 x c. 50 µm, simple conidia: filiform, falcate to sigmoid, c. 20-35 x 1 µm Spot tests: all negative Secondary metabolites: none detected. Substrate and ecology: on various rocks in shaded or sheltered microhabitats on boulders and in seepage tracks on rocky slopes (but material from the Old World mainly on calciferous soils) World distribution: Algeria, Morocco, Arabian Peninsula, and North America Sonoran distribution: central, southern and SE Arizona, SE California, and Baja California. Notes: Peccania tiruncula is characterized by its short, cylindrical, knotty or somewhat flattened lobes and small, subglobose ascospores. No noticeable differences emerged from the comparison of North American material with specimens from the Old World. In the study area, Peccania tiruncula was found exclusively on rock. In contrast, Peccania subnigra was found almost exclusively on soil crusts.