Sporopodium xantholeucum, photographed by André Aptroot.

Belongs within: Lecanorales.

The Ectolechiaceae are a mostly tropical family of lichens containing green algae.

Characters (from Cannon & Kirk 2007): Thallus usually foliose or crustose. Ascomata apothecial, pale, convex, without a well-developed margin. Interascal tissue of very narrow anastomosing pseudoparaphysis-like hyphae, variously pigmented, the apices thin-walled. Asci with a J+ apical cap and a very well-developed ocular chamber, with an outer J+ gelatinous layer, mostly 1- or 2-spored. Ascospores muriform, usually thin-walled. Sometimes with cephalodia. Anamorphs pycnidial, often with campylidia.

|--Badimia Vězda 1986 (nom. cons.) [incl. Pseudogyalecta Vězda 1975 (nom. rej. prop.)]KC01
|--Badimiella Malcolm & Vězda 1994KC01
|--Barubria Vězda 1986KC01
|--Kantvilasia McCarthy, Elix & Sérus. 2000KC01
|--Lasioloma Sant. 1952KC01
|--Loflammia Vězda 1986KC01
|--Logilvia Vězda 1986KC01
|--Lopadium Körb. 1855 (nom. cons.) (see below for synonymy)KC01
|--Sporopodiopsis Sérus. 1997KC01
|--Tapellaria Müll. Arg. 1890 (see below for synonymy)KC01
|--Pseudocalopadia Lücking 1999KC01
|--Pyrenotrichum Mont. 1843 [incl. Chlorocyphella Speg. 1909]KC01
|--Tapellariopsis Lücking 1999KC01
|--Sporopodium Mont. 1851 [incl. Acleistomyces Bat. 1961, Ectolechia Trevis. 1853]KC01
| `--S. xantholeucum [incl. Acleistomyces zolleriae]E99
`--Calopadia Vězda 1986 [incl. Crocicreomyces Bat. & Pers. 1964, Cyrta Bat. & Maia 1961 non Lour. 1790]KC01
|--*Crocicreomyces’ guttiferaeE99
`--*Cyrta’ licaniaeE99

Lopadium Körb. 1855 (nom. cons.) [=Heterothecium Mont. 1852 (nom. illeg.) non Flot. 1850, Lopadiomyces Cif. & Tomas. 1953 (nom. illeg.)]KC01

Tapellaria Müll. Arg. 1890 [incl. Melittiosporiopsis Höhn. 1913, Melittosporiopsis Sacc. 1902, Mellitosporiopsis Rehm 1900, Pazschkea Rehm 1898]KC01

*Type species of generic name indicated


Cannon, P. F., & P. M. Kirk. 2007. Fungal Families of the World. CABI.

[E99] Eriksson, O. E. (ed.) 1999. Notes on ascomycete systematics. Nos 2440–2755. Myconet 2: 1–41.

[KC01] Kirk, P. M., P. F. Cannon, J. C. David & J. A. Stalpers. 2001. Ainsworth & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi 9th ed. CAB International: Wallingford (UK).

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