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 Thallus: foliose, single-lobed attached by a single umbilicus and with 17-60 mm wide lobes; upper surface: gray, with epinecral layer consisting of air filled hyphae; upper cortex: 80-140 µm thick, hyaline with the outermost 1030 µm dark brown; algal layer: 60-120 µm thick, mainly located in the lower part of the upper cortex; medulla: 140-400 µm thick, of filamentous hyphae, turning red with Melzer's iodine; lower cortex: 60-90 µm thick, with the outermost 10-40 µm brown; lower surface: light to dark brown, usually with reticulated wrinkles at least partly but can also be smooth, rugose or verrucose; Perithecia: broadly obpyriform to globose, 200-400 µm high and 200330 µm wide, with a hyaline exciple that is light brown to brown in the uppermost part; asci: clavate, 8-spored; ascospores: simple, hyaline, 10-14 x 5-7 µm; Pycnidia: rare, immersed; conidia: not found; Spot tests: all negative; Secondary metabolites: none detected.; Substrate and ecology: on different types of rocks, often in seepages (at least seasonal); World distribution: North America, from the U.S.A. and Mexico; Sonoran distribution: throughout Arizona, southern California, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, and Sonora.; Notes: Dermatocarpon americanum is characterized by the medulla reaction with Melzer's iodine. This overlooked name is the correct one, for a part of what has usually been called D. miniatum (L.) Mann. in the southern part of North America. 


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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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