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Cyphelium inquinans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Teloschistales
Family: Caliciaceae
Genus: Cyphelium
Ach. (1815)
Type species
Cyphelium tigillare
(Ach.) Ach. (1815)

Cyphelium is a genus of custose areolate lichenis with cup-like apothecia filled with sooty black spores.[1]:258 The genus is in the Caliciaceae family. The genus has a widespread distribution, especially in north and south temperate regions, and contains about 12 species.[2] Members of the genus are commonly called soot lichens.[1]:258



  1. ^ a b Field Guide to California Lichens, Stephen Sharnoff, Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-300-19500-2
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CAB International. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 


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