Fringed Moon Lichen
HABIT: A large foliose lichen; upper surface greenish-gray
to brown, lower surface dark brown with circular white spots. Usually has
SIMILAR SPECIES: Nephroma heloeticum has uniform
brown underface, Peltigera spp. have undersurface with lighter netlike
TOTAL RANGE: Southeastern U.S., listed as most common in the
south. (Hale, 1979)
STATE RANGE: Southern Ohio. Pre-1945 records from Fairfield,
Hamilton, Highland and Hocking counties; one 1967 record from Ross County and
one recent (1985) record from Gallia County.
STATE STATUS: 1992-1993: Added, 1994 to present
HABITAT: This species grows on soil, rock and tree bases,
frequently over moss. Generally prefers dry, open woods.
HAZARDS: Habitat destruction.
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect a portion of the thallus,
store in paper herbarium packet.
COMMENTS: This is a large, conspicuous lichen but not
frequently collected in Ohio. The Gallia County site was revisited in 1993 and
an extant population could not be relocated.
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.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Created: 3/1995 Ray Showman
Database Code: SPQG.L16