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Elegant Sunburst I guess I should have been looking out for pikas on the rock outcrop too - this lichen apparently is a tell tale sign of their burrows amongst the rocks. Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xanthoria elegans Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Elegant Sunburst

I guess I should have been looking out for pikas on the rock outcrop too - this lichen apparently is a tell tale sign of their burrows amongst the rocks.

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''Xanthoria elegans'', commonly known as the elegant sunburst lichen, is a lichenized species of fungus in the genus ''Xanthoria'', family Teloschistaceae. Recognized by its bright orange or red pigmentation, this species grows on rocks, often near bird or rodent perches. It has a circumpolar and alpine distribution. It was one of the first lichens to be used for the rock-face dating method known as lichenometry.

Similar species: Teloschistales
Species identified by morpheme
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Uploaded Mar 24, 2015. Captured Mar 22, 2015 12:44 in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, National Forest Development Road 5215, Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA.
  • X-E1
  • f/1.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO200
  • 50mm