Melanelixia glabratula

    Description

    Thallus green to warm brown, shining, older parts with few to abundant cylindrical or branched outgrowths reaching 0.8 mm or more in height, leaving white scars when rubbed off.

    Similar Species

    Similar to Melanelixia fuliginosa, which was it was considered to be a subspecies of until recently. M. fuliginosa is generally darker, more brown than green, though still has shining margins. It is not usually found on trees and is generally found on silicious rocks.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On deciduous tree bark and fences, sometimes on rocks.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Generally common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map