Additions to the lichen genus Rhizocarpon in Pakistan and their comparative analysis
- addition, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rhizocarpaceae, taxonomy.
Copyright (c) 2021 Kamran Habib, Rizwana Zulfiqar, Prof. Dr Abdul Nasir Khalid
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As part of a comprehensive study of lichen diversity of northern areas of Pakistan using molecular and morphological approaches, we found four species of the genus Rhizocarpon. The analysis revealed two new species in the lichen biota of Pakistan namely, Rhizocarpon lavatum and Rhizocarpon petraeum, while the other two, Rhizocarpon disporum and Rhizocarpon geminatum are reported for the second time, from new localities. In comparison to literature information and GenBank sequences of the same taxa, variation in the morpho-anatomical features and nucleotide differences in the ITS marker of nrDNA have been documented. Descriptions and phylogenetic analysis of the taxa are given, along with information on ecology and distribution.