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Literature & Resources for Lichen Identification

Postby SteveMcBill on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:50 am

Literature & Resources for Lichen Identification:

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Literature:

Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species (Edition 6) – by Frank S. Dobson.
This edition first published 2011. 496 pages, hardback and paperback versions.
Descriptions of more than 1000 species accompanied by (mostly) colour photographs and generic keys.
Essential reading for the lichen enthusiast.
http://www.nhbs.com/title/21167/lichens-an-illustrated-guide-to-the-british-and-irish-species

The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland – edited by C.W. Smith. First published 1992, revised 2009. 1046 pages, hardback.
Keys to 327 genera and 1873 species, descriptions, line illustrations, glossary, etc.
“The standard work for the identification of lichens in Great Britain and Ireland and will be indispensable to all serious students of British, Irish and overseas lichenology . . ...”
http://www.nhbs.com/title/21148/the-lichens-of-great-britain-and-ireland

The Field Studies Council has published several laminated fold-out guides for the beginner to lichens, including: -

Churchyard Lichens - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart will help you identify over 50 of the commonest lichens found in lowland churchyards in Britain. The lichens are grouped according to growth form and the guide contains simple illustrated lichen identification keys.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/churchyard-lichens.aspx

Urban Lichens 1 (on trees and wood) - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart concentrates on the lichens found growing on trees and wood. The chart is illustrated with 49 colour photographs and includes an easy-to-use visual lichen identification key.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/urban-lichens-1-(on-trees-and-wood

Urban Lichens 2 (on stone and soil) - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart concentrates on the lichens found growing on stone and soil. The chart is illustrated with 49 colour photographs and includes an easy-to-use visual lichen identification key.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/urban-lichens-2-(on-stone-and-soil

Lichens of Heaths and Moors - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart covers 62 of the species found on heaths and moors, organised into species that grow on the ground, among grasses and mosses, on heather, and on small rocks and pebbles.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/lichens-of-heaths-and-moors.aspx

Rocky Shore Lichens - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart covers 62 common species of lichen found on rocky sea shores from the low tide mark up to the limit of sea spray.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/rocky-shore-lichens.aspx

Lichens on Twigs - 8-panel laminated fold-out chart designed to enable you to identify lichens found on twigs and use them to assess local atmospheric conditions. This key indicates which lichens are acid-tolerant and nitrogen-tolerant and also indicates lichens that are associated with unpolluted sites.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/pubs/lichens-on-twigs.aspx

Other Recommended Resources:-

Alan Silverside’s Lichen Pages:- http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/
Lichens of Ireland:- http://www.lichens.ie/
Interactive Guide to Lichens on Twigs:- http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/lichen-id-guide/index.dsml
British Lichens (Picture Index):- http://www.britishlichens.co.uk/pictureindex.html
Dorset Lichens:- http://www.dorsetnature.co.uk/Dorset-lichen.html
Irish Lichens:- http://www.irishlichens.ie/
The Lichen Ireland Project:- http://www.habitas.org.uk/lichenireland/splist.asp

The Irish websites are equally relevant to those interested in UK lichens and the species accounts provide habitat details, vital to take into consideration when identifying lichens.

Fungi on Lichens:

A website dedicated to the identification and study of bryoparasitic Pezizales, a small group of about 90 closely related species of Ascomycetes which are parasitic on Bryophytes.
http://www.octospora.de/

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