Jamesiella scotica

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Jamesiella scotica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Ostropales
Family: Gomphillaceae
Genus: Jamesiella
Species: J. scotica
Binomial name
Jamesiella scotica
(P. James) Lücking, Sérus. & Vêzda[1]

Gyalideopsis scotica

Jamesiella scotica is a species of lichen that is thought to be endemic to the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the UK it occurs in montane habitats in England, Wales and Scotland at heights of over 200 metres, thriving on decomposing bryophytes (such as Marsupella emarginata) on base-rich soils.[2]

Distribution and conservation[edit]

In the UK the species is classified as near threatened and receives protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is found in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland and from Ben Alder, Ben Hope and Ben Lawers elsewhere in the Highlands.[2][3][4]

It is known from three sites in Wales – Cwm Idwal, Cwm Glas Mawr and Llyn Glas – and one site in Cumbria, in England. In Ireland, it is found on metamorphosed limestone in County Donegal.[2]


Jamesiella scotica is a crustose lichen with a varnish-like thallus that grows to a diameter of 1.5 cm.[2]


  1. ^ "Synonym List of Lichens & Lichenicolous Fungi - I to L" British Lichen Society. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Species Action Plan: Lichen (Gyalideopsis scotica)" UK BAP. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  3. ^ Fryday, Alan "Lichens", in Shaw, Philip and Thompson, Des (eds.) (2006) The Nature of the Cairngorms: Diversity in a changing environment. Edinburgh. The Stationery Office. ISBN 0-11-497326-1. pp. 177-93.
  4. ^ "Species & Habitat Detail: Gyalideopsis scotica". Biodiversity Scotland. Retrieved 5 July 2008.