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Species of the Month February 2008

Black lichen (c) Fiona Crouch

Common name: Black lichen

Latin name: Lichina pygmaea

A type of lichen


Key Features

  • Dark matt brown or black in colour.
  • Forms bushy tufts up to 1 cm tall.
  • Looks like a very small seaweed.
  • May form extensive patchy mats.

Where to look:

On or just below the high water mark on open or exposed rock faces.

More information:

Click here find out more about this species on the MarLIN website