(Tuck.) Kalb & Gierl
Pink Dot Lichen
HABIT: Pink apothecia born on very short (ca. 1 mm) stalks,
arising from a thin greenish crustose primary thallus.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Baeomyces rufus is similar but has
grayish primary thallus. Not known from Ohio.
TOTAL RANGE: Appalachian; thought to be fairly rare. (Hale,
STATE RANGE: Old records (pre-1945) from Adams and Fairfield
counties. Recent records and known extant populations in Athens and Hocking
STATE STATUS: 1992-1993: Added, 1994 to present: Endangered.
HABITAT: Moist acidic rock or compacted sandy soil.
Generally found in open forest or somewhat shaded sites.
HAZARDS: Clearcutting, destruction by stripmining.
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown. Probably fairly poor.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: This species is difficult to collect
from rock. Use a hammer and cold chisel. Perhaps a close-up color photograph
would be better. If collected from friable sandstone or sandy soil, stabilize
the substrate with diluted white glue.
COMMENTS: This species is distinctive but small and easliy
overlooked. Several populations were discovered in Crane Hollow in 1986 but
could not be relocated in 1993.
Hale, M.E. 1979. How to know the lichens. Wm. C. Brown
Company Publishers. Dubuque, Iowa. 246 pp.
Taylor, C.J. 1968. The lichens of Ohio. Part 2. Fruticose
and cladoniform Lichens. Ohio Biological Survey Biological Notes No. 4.
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Created: 3/1995 Ray Showman
Database Code: SPQA.L01