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Hobart, Australia

Baker M.L.,Tasmanian Herbarium
Plant Protection Quarterly

The alien species, Daphne laureola L., is reported as naturalised in Australia for the first time. It has been found at Fern Tree, Tasmania, on the foothills of Mount Wellington, where it has been spread, most likely by birds, from garden plantings into adjacent bushland. This also represents the first instance of the genus Daphne L. being naturalised in Australia. A detailed account is provided, including a description, notes on its distribution and ecology and a comparison with other species similar in appearance. Source

Papong K.,Mahasarakham University | Kantvilas G.,Tasmanian Herbarium | Lumbsch H.T.,Field Museum

The phylogenetic placement of the genus Maronina was studied, based chiefly on phenotypic characters such as thallus colour and anatomy, secondary chemistry, the anatomy of the excipulum and the ascus-type. DNA sequence data of mitochondrial and nuclear ribosomal loci from some of the species support the hypothesis that Maronina is nested within Protoparmelia. Hence, Maronina is reduced to synonymy with Protoparmelia. Comparison of genetic distances suggests that the two varieties within M. orientalis should be regarded as distinct species. Consequently, the new combinations Protoparmelia australiensis (Hafellner & R. W. Rogers) Kantvilas et al., P. corallifera (Kantvilas & Papong) Kantvilas et al., P. hesperia (Kantvilas & Elix) Kantvilas et al., P. multifera (Nyl.) Kantvilas et al., and P. orientalis (Kantvilas & Papong) Kantvilas et al. are proposed. © Copyright British Lichen Society 2011. Source

Kantvilas G.,Tasmanian Herbarium

The genera Japewia and Japewiella (lichenised Ascomycetes) are recorded for Australia for the first time, based on collections from Tasmania. The species Japewia subaurifera Muhr & Tønsberg and Japewiella pruinosula (MüILArg.) Kantvilas comb. nov. are described and discussed. The latter is also known from New South Wales and Victoria. Source

Kantvilas G.,Tasmanian Herbarium

Three new species of Menegazzia are described and illustrated, and their relationships and affinities to other species in the genus discussed. Menegazzia bjerkeana Kantvilas is an isidiate species from the coastal ranges of New South Wales; M. brattii Kantvilas is an eight-spored species related to the widespread M. pertransita (Müll. Arg.) R. Sant., and is endemic to Kerguelen Island; and M. gallowayi Kantvilas is an eight-spored species from South Island, New Zealand. Menegazzia sanguinascens (Räsänen) R. Sant. is recorded from Kerguelen for the first time. © 2012 British Lichen Society. Source

The new species Lecanora coppinsiarum Kantvilas is described, based on collections from Tasmania. It is characterized by an entirely sorediate thallus containing atranorin only, and the anatomy of its biatorine apothecia, its Lecanora-type asci and small, hyaline, simple ascospores suggest a relationship to L. symmicta (Ach.) Ach. The South American species L. subviridis de la Rosa & Messuti is recorded for the first time for Tasmania. © 2012 British Lichen Society. Source

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