Pertusaria paramerae (Pertusariales, Ascomycota), a species with variable secondary chemistry, and a new lichen record for Turkey

HALICI M. G., Kocakaya M., Sweeney K., Fankhauser J. D., Schmitt I.

NOVA HEDWIGIA, vol.91, pp.223-230, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1127/0029-5035/2010/0091-0223
  • Journal Name: NOVA HEDWIGIA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.223-230
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


We report a new chemotype of the crustose lichen Pertusaria paramerae A.Crespo & Vezda from a specimen collected in Turkey. Mitochondrial small subunit rDNA (mtSSU) sequences of P. paramerae collections from Spain, the country of the species' original description, and a specimen from Turkey are 100% identical. We present a phylogeny based on mtSSU rDNA that confirms the placement of Pertusaria paramerae in the Pertusaria s.str. group. HPLC analyses suggest the presence of 2'-O-methylperlatolic acid (major), thiophaninic acid (minor), and 2,4-dichloronorlichexanthone (trace) in the specimen collected in Turkey, and planaic acid (major), thiophaninic acid (minor), atranorin (trace), and an unidentified compound (trace) in a specimen collected in Spain. We propose that replacement of planaic acid by the structurally similar 2'-O-methylperlatolic acid and presence or absence of trace compounds are chemosyndromic variations that do not warrant recognition of a new species. We provide illustrations of morphological and micromorphological characters of P. paramerae.