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Sphaerophorus globosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Sphaerophoraceae
Genus: Sphaerophorus
Pers. (1794)
Type species
Sphaerophorus coralloides
Pers. (1794)

S. coralloides
S. fragilis
S. globosus
S. imshaugii
S. murrayi
S. patagonicus
S. whakapapaensis
S. yangii


Baeoderma Vain. (1922)
Sphaerophoronomyces Cif. & Tomas. (1953)
Sphaerophorum Schrad. (1794)
Syrigosis Neck. ex Kremp. (1869)
Thysanophoron Stirt. (1883)

Sphaerophorus a genus of lichenized fungi in the order Lecanorales.

Members of Sphaerophorus are commonly called ball lichens,[2][3] coral lichens,[4]:198 or tree coral.[4]:198

According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains eight species.[5]


  1. ^ "Sphaerophorus Pers. 1794". MycoBank. International Mycological Association. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  2. ^ Ball Lichen (Sphaerophorus), Encyclopedia of Life
  3. ^ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Name Search
  4. ^ a b Field Guide to California Lichens, Stephen Sharnoff, Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-300-19500-2
  5. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. p. 649. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 

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