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The genus Menegazzia (Lecanorales: Parmeliaceae) in Tasmania revisited


Kantvilas, G, The genus Menegazzia (Lecanorales: Parmeliaceae) in Tasmania revisited, The Lichenologist: An International Journal, 44, (2) pp. 189-246. ISSN 0024-2829 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 British Lichen Society

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0024282911000685


With 30 species, Tasmania is a major area of species diversity in the genus Menegazzia. Seven of these are new to science: M. abscondita Kantvilas, known from Tasmania and New Zealand, and M. athrotaxidis Kantvilas, M. hypogymnioides Kantvilas, M. petraea Kantvilas, M. ramulicola Kantvilas, M. subtestacea Kantvilas and M. tarkinea Kantvilas, all endemic to Tasmania. An identification key, descriptions based exclusively on Tasmanian collections, and detailed discussion of distribution, ecology, chemical composition and inter-species relationships are provided. All literature records of Menegazzia species pertaining to Tasmania are accounted for. New synonyms include: Menegazzia prototypica P. James and Parmelia pertusa var. coskinodes F. Wilson [synonyms of M. myriotrema (Mull. Arg.) R. Sant.], M. fertilis P. James [a synonym of M. platytrema (Mull. Arg.) R. Sant.] and Parmelia pertusa var. montana F. Wilson (a synonym of M. subtestacea). Incorrectly recorded species that should be deleted from the Tasmanian census include M. castanea P. James & D. J. Galloway (present on Macquarie Island) and M. testacea P. James & D. J. Galloway (endemic to New Zealand). The South American species, M. sanguinascens (Ras.) R. Sant., is recorded in Australasia (Tasmania) for the first time, whereas the widespread south-eastern Australian M. norstictica P. James is recorded for Western Australia. Salient features of the genus are discussed, including morphology, anatomy and chemistry. The biogeography of the genus is explored briefly. Twelve species (40%) are endemic to Tasmania, a level of endemism unmatched by any other species-rich genus on the island. Twelve species are shared with mainland Australia, eleven are shared with New Zealand, and only four species are shared with southern South America, all of which are sorediate, suggesting they are products of long-distance dispersal.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australasia, biodiversity, Gondwana, lichen chemistry, lichens, southern hemisphere, taxonomy
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Kantvilas, G (Dr Gintaras Kantvilas)
ID Code:116507
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-05-11
Last Modified:2017-08-21

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