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Megaspora rimisorediata (Pertusariales, Megasporaceae), a new sorediate species from Iran and its affinities with Aspicilia sensu lato

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 May 2011

Faculty of Sciences, Ilam University, Ilam P. O. Box 64315516, Islamic Republic of Iran. Email:,
Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 16, Uppsala SE-752 36, Sweden.
Department of Systematic Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, Uppsala SE-752 36, Sweden.


The new species Megaspora rimisorediata Valadbeigi & A. Nordin is described from Iran, where it mainly grows on tree bark but also on calciferous rocks and mosses. It is characterized by a pale ochraceous to bluish grey, cracked and sorediate thallus, very rarely producing ascomata. It appears to be rather commonly distributed in Iran. Its close affinity with Megaspora verrucosa is illustrated in a graph resulting from a phylogenetic network analysis of nuclear rDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 sequences from specimens representing the different genera of Megasporaceae.

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