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Lichens of buttongrass (Gymnoschoenus) moorland in Tasmania

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Kantvilas, G and Jarman, SJ (1988) Lichens of buttongrass (Gymnoschoenus) moorland in Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 122 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Eighty-nine lichen species are recorded from buttongrass (Gymnoschoenus) moorland in Tasmania. Of these, lfypocenomyce australis, Ochro/echia frif<ida, Placynthium nigrum, Protohlastenia rupestris, Siphulastrum triste and Trapeliopsis colensoi are new records for Tasmania. Over 70% of the species have Southern Hemisphere distributions, analogous to that of the majority of the vascular flora. However, 25% of the species also occur in the Northern Hemisphere, mostly in ecologically related blanket bogs or moors. A preliminary classification of lichens in twelve broad moorland vegetation types is presented. Favoured habitats for lichens include peat, rotting sedge tussocks or stumps, loose stones and large rock outcrops. Although most moorland lichen species arc widespread in other Tasmanian vegetation formations, repeated, frequent fires are seen as a major threat to their long-term survival within the moorland ecosystem.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-17
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 23:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:34
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13840
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