Tar Jelly Lichen
SYNONYMS: C. novomexicanum, C. dubium
HABIT: This species is a tiny, gelatinous (has a blue-green alga
as the phycobiont), foliose lichen. Color, due to the blue-green alga, is
SIMILAR SPECIES: C. tenax and C. bachmanianum
are similar soil species. This is a difficult genus and these species should be
determined by an expert.
TOTAL RANGE: Widely distributed in the U.S.
STATE RANGE: Known only from Adams County, first collected
in 1913 by Bruce Fink. Extant populations at Buzzardroost Rock and Lynx
STATE STATUS: 1992-1993 Added, 1994 to present: Endangered.
HABITAT: Soil in limestone regions or occasionally moss over
limestone. Found at Lynx Prairie on dolomitic soil in prairie openings.
HAZARDS: Closing of forest canopy, habitat destruction.
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect thalli with apothecia.
Stabilize soil with diluted white glue. Store in paper herbarium packets.
COMMENTS: This small species is easily overlooked and may be
present at other localities in the dolomite region of southwestern Ohio. A good
population is present at Lynx Prairie.
Hale, M.E. 1979. How to know the lichens. Wm. C. Brown
Company Publishers. Dubuque, Iowa. 246 pp.
Taylor, C.J. 1967. The lichens of Ohio. Part 1.
Foliose lichens. Ohio Biological Survey Biological Notes No. 3.
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Created: 3/1995 Ray Showman
Database Code: SPQB.L02