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 Life habit: lichenicolous, commensalistic, non-lichenized; Mycelium: immersed in the host thallus, hyaline, in some species I+ blue; Ascomata: apothecial, superficial, rarely partly immersed when young, black, often with a yellowish, golden or greenish pruina, 100-600 µm in diam., from the beginning strongly convex; margin: indistinct; exciple: indistinct; epihymenium: dark brown or greenish, frequently K+ green ("abrothallin"), with granulose pigments, often dissolving in K; hymenium: hyaline to pale brown, I- and KI-; paraphyses: filiform, especially apically branched and anastomosed, apically not or poorly enlarged, hyaline; hypothecium: thick, brown; asci: elongate ellipsoid to clavate, fissitunicate, wall laterally thin, apically strongly thickened, with a distinct ocular chamber, without any amyloid reactions (I- and KI-), 4-8-spored; ascospores: brown, ellipsoid, verruculose, 1-3-septate, constricted at the medium septum, cells frequently slightly unequal in width and length; Conidiomata: pycnidial, black, partly immersed or superficial, ostiolate; wall: pale to dark blackish brown; conidiophores: absent; conidiogenous cells: hyaline, holoblastic, ampulliform; conidia: hyaline to pale yellow, obpyriform to ellipsoid, collecting in a mucilaginous mass, simple, basally distinctly truncate, surface finely verruculose; Geography: cosmopolitan; Substrate: thallus of parmelioid lichens and other macrolichens.; Notes: The genus Abrothallus is in an urgent need of a modern revision. Especially for the abundant material on parmelioid lichens, it is not clear if some species can grow on several hosts, or if each host genus has its own (one or even several) Abrothallus species. Also, the taxonomic value of some characters, like the iodine reaction of the mycelium, is not entirely clear. The treatment below is not based on a revision of the available material. Instead, it is a mixture of data found in the literature and of personal notes, accumulated during the past 15 years. It must be understood as an identification aid, as long as we are waiting for a revision of the genus, and the reader should accept that some information presented here has not been checked or confirmed, and might be erroneous. 


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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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