Amandinea punctata


A grey, or grey-green lichen that forms a crust that is studded with black button like growths (apothecia). The crust is often thin, but occasionally thicker.

Similar Species

It can be confused with Lecidella elaeochroma but the diameter of the apothecia in Lecidella are larger, particularly in young specimens (up to 1mm), but only up to 0.5mm in Amandinea punctata. Also the apothecia rim is wider in young L. elaeochroma. The safest way to differentiate then is with the bleach test, L. elaeochroma gives a strong orange reaction whereas A. punctata is weak, barely pale yellow.

Identification difficulty

Fence posts, rocks, bird perches.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It is tolerant of air pollution and farm fertilizers.

UK Status

Widespread and quite frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
26/02/2012 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
16/01/2022 (Nicholls, David)

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