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A new species and new combination of Lecanora s. str. (Lecanoraceae) from China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2023

Lijuan Li*
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, 60325, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Goethe University Frankfurt, 60438, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Lisong Wang
Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China
Christian Printzen
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, 60325, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Corresponding author: Lijuan Li; E-mail:


A new lichen species, Lecanora zeorina Li J. Li & Printzen is described here from the south-west of China. Lecanora zeorina is characterized by its somewhat areolate-squamulose thallus, zeorine to lecanorine apothecia, an epihymenium without crystals around expanded paraphyses tips, an amphithecium with large calcium oxalate crystals and the production of atranorin. A new combination, Lecanora crystalliniformis (B.G. Lee & Hur) Li J. Li & Printzen, is based on Protoparmeliopsis crystalliniformis B.G. Lee & Hur, which was described as a new species from South Korea. Collections from China are almost identical in morphology and chemistry, and are phylogenetically closely related. Phylogenetic reconstructions based on ITS and mtSSU suggest that these two lecanoroid species belong in Lecanora s. str. where they form a sister group to sorediate species such as L. barkmaniana Aptroot & Herk and L. variolascens Nyl. Detailed descriptions, discussions, distributions and phylogenetic trees, based on multiple collections, are presented.

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