Phaeophyscia decolor

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Taxonavigation: Caliciales 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Fungi
Subregnum: Dikarya
Divisio: Ascomycota
Subdivisio: Pezizomycotina
Classis: Lecanoromycetes
Subclassis: Lecanoromycetidae
Ordo: Caliciales

Familia: Physciaceae
Genus: Phaeophyscia
Species: Phaeophyscia decolor


Phaeophyscia decolor (Kashiw.) Essl., 1978

Basionym: Physcia decolor Kashiw., Ginkgoana 3: 42 (1975)

Locality: Finland

Substrate and ecology (Sonoran region:) Usually on rock, occasional on mosses over rock.

World distribution: North America, Europe, and eastern Asia.


  • Essl., Mycotaxon 7 (2): 299 (1978)
  • Esslinger, T.L. (1978) Studies in the lichen family Physciaceae. II. The genus Phaeophyscia in North America. - Mycotaxon 7: 283–320.   (RLL List # 101-29 / Rec. # 5210 - Recent Literature on Lichens) (Web site)
  • Brodo, I.M., Sharnoff, S.D. and Sharnoff, S. (2001) Phaeophyscia (pp. 538-544) In, Lichens of North America. Yale University Press, New Haven, 795 pages. (Description of Phaeophyscia decolor: pp. 541-542; distribution map for North America: p. 541; color photo: p. 541, plate 649)
  • Esslinger, T.L. (2004) Phaeophyscia (pp. 403-414) In: Nash III, T.H.; Ryan, B.D.; Diederich, P.; Gries, C. and Bungartz, F. (eds.), Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, Vol. 2. Lichens Unlimited, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 742 pages.   (RLL List # 196 / Rec. # 25940 - Recent Literature on Lichens) (Description of Phaeophyscia decolor and distribution map for the Sonoran region: p. 407)
  • Hinds, J.W. and Hinds, P.L. (2007) Phaeophyscia Moberg, 1977 (pp. 375-387) In, The Macrolichens of New England. - Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden No. 96. New York Botanical Garden Press, Bronx, New York. 584 pp. (Description of Phaeophyscia decolor: p. 378)
  • McCune, B. and Geiser, L. (2009) Phaeophyscia (pp. 260-264) Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. (Second Edition) Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, 464 pp. (Description of Phaeophyscia decolor and color photo: p. 262)
  • Kashiwadani, H. (1975) The genera Physcia, Physconia and Dirinaria (lichens) of Japan. - Ginkgoana [Tokyo] 3: 1–77.   (RLL List # 92-41 / Rec. # 9891 - Recent Literature on Lichens)

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Vernacular names[edit]

English: Starburst shadow lichen