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Volume 63, Issue 6


Lichens on lignum in the coastal regions of western Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Piotr Osyczka
  • Department of Polar Research and Documentation, Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Kopernika 27, PL-31-501, Kraków, Poland
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Published Online: 2008-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-008-0158-0


Eighteen species of eleven lichen genera were found on driftwood and worked timber deposited on the beaches in the Hornsund and Billefjorden regions (the west coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard archipelago). Majority of them indicate low substrate specificity in the high arctic regions. Only three species (Caloplaca spitsbergensis, Lecanora mughicola, L. orae-frigidae) are typical for lignum. Most of the taxa are widespread in Svalbard. Species like: Caloplaca holocarpa, C. spitsbergensis, Protothelenella sphinctrinoidella, Rinodina archaea were sporadically reported till now. Lecanora mughicola was not reported from Svalbard up to the present and this is the first record of the species for the region.

Keywords: Lecanora mughicola; biodiversity; lichenized fungi; lignicolous lichens; Svalbard; lignum; driftwood

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Published Online: 2008-12-04

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 63, Issue 6, Pages 1069–1072, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-008-0158-0.

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