Lendemeriella vaczii, a new lichenized fungal species from Antarctic Peninsula-with a key to the genus Lendemeriella

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HALICI M. G., Bölükbaşı E., GÜLLÜ M., Yiğit M. K., Barták M.

CZECH POLAR REPORTS, vol.13, no.1, pp.1-9, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.5817/cpr2023-1-1
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-9
  • Keywords: Antarctica, biodiversity, Caloplacoidae, James Ross Island, Teloschistaceae
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Lichens are most dominant elements of Antarctic terrestrial vegetation, however, they are still not well known. In this paper, Lendemerialla vaczii is described as a new lichen la, based on morphology and phylogenetic analysis. The new species is characterized by brownish cream or buff-colored areolate thallus lacking vegetative propagules, black and lecideine apothecia and very thin (up to 1 mu m) septa in ascospores. Phylogenetic analysis of nrITS sequence data shows that new species clusters in the genus Lendemeriella with a high bootstrap support. The new species is compared with other Lendemeriella species and other related crustose Teloschistaceae species without anthraquinones and a comprehensive description is provided. An identification key to 10 species of Lendemeriella is also provided.