Lichenological Contributions in Honour of Jack Elix

Ed.: P.M. McCarthy; G. Kantvilas; S.H.J.J. Louwhoff

2001. 444 pages, 138 figures, 26 tables, 14x22cm, 790 g
Language: English

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Synopsis top ↑

This volume features 30 contributions by 54 authors on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Jack Elix in 2001. The contributions to this Festschrift cover new or otherwise interesting lichens.

Rev.: Myctaxon vol. 84, Jan. 2003 top ↑

Jack Elix has become internationally recognized not only as one of our leading lichen chemists, but also a systematist with a wide range of interests who has made - and is continuing to make - a major contribution to Southern Hemisphere lichenology. His publications list from 1969-2000 includes 387 titles; many co-authored and testifying to Jack's willingness to help others. His wide range of interests and popularity are reflected in this volume which has been compiled to mark his sixtieth birthday. That this volume comprises 30 articles involving 54 contributors testifies to his popularity and the esteem in which he has held. However, the authors must have had strict limits placed on the lengths of contributions to attain an average length of 14 pages. This inevitably means that while sound scientifically, few of the papers could be substantial and are often restricted to descriptions of one or a few new species or revisions of small genera. The more substantial contributions concern the families Candelariaceae (here subsumed into Lecanoraceae), Fuscideaceae and Pannariaceae, and the genera Caloplaca, Lethariella, Menegazzia, Miriquidica, Physcia, Placopsis, Rimularia, Sagedia, Tuckermannopsis, and Umbilicaria. Those interested in these groups certainly need to see this volume, and as it has a strong Southern Hemisphere (and especially Australasian) focus it will be sought after by lichenologists working in this region.

Mycotaxon vol. 84, Jan. 2003

Rev.: Bibliography of Systematic Mycology vol. 7 top ↑

There are few people, if any, in lichenology who have not come across Jack Elix, the prolific Australian lichenologist, who has probably done more than anyone to promote the subject in Australasia and, indeed, worldwide. This series of papers in honour of his 60th birthday by recognized lichenological experts is a testament to the high regard in which he is widely held and the enormous significance of his work.

There are thirty papers, almost all of which are taxonomic and this reflects the area in which Jack Elix himself has made the greatest contribution, following in the footsteps of Mason E. Hale in using lichen chemistry to resolve taxonomic problems in lichenology. Some of the papers (NASH et al., PORZEL & HUNECK and SØCHTING, for instance) are primarily about lichen chemistry but the majority deal with Elix's other main interests, Australian and tropical lichens and the taxonomy of the Parmeliaceae. Invidious though it is to single out papers amongst such an excellent selection, some of the more significant are the accounts by GALLOWAY of Placopsis in New Zealand, where that genus is remarkably diverse; JAMES et al. on Menegazzia in New Guinea; JØRGENSEN on Pannariaceae in Australia and KALB in the modestly entitled `New or otherwise interesting lichens I' where, inter alia, the new genus Phyllopeltula is introduced. It is particularly encouraging to see biogeography covered, as this is a field in which lichens can provide more information than non-lichenized fungi. The paper by LÜCKING & KALB is, as one might expect from two such experienced tropical lichenologists, particularly interesting since they deal with the foliicolous lichens of New Caledonia, an island known for the remarkable uniqueness of its flora. However, unlike the vascular plants, few of the foliicolous lichens proved to be endemic: on the contrary over 60% proved to be pantropical and the rest had strong affinities to continental floras, indicating a high level of long-distance dispersal ­ something that is rather unexpected for such a ecological niche.

In contrast and, perhaps, surprising given its current vogue, there are remarkably few papers that use molecular methods: KÄRNEFELT & THELL on delimitation of Tuckermannopsis based on both morphology and DNA sequences; LAGRECA & LUMBSCH on the position of the Candelariaceae using anatomical and molecular data. The latter paper concludes that the Candelariaceae are synonymous with the Lecanoraceae ­ a refreshing change to the usual conclusions of molecular studies where greater higher-level diversity is revealed. Other topics that are covered are floristics (ARUP et al. on the lichen flora of Slovenia), lichenicolous fungi (CALATAYUD & TRIEBEL on a new species of Stigmidium from Pleurosticta), morphology (HAMMER on the podetial morphogenesis in Thysanothecium scutellatum) and even biography (RALSTON on F.R.M. Wilson, a pioneer Australian lichenologist). As expected in such festschrifts (or should that be `festschriften'?) there is a clutch of new taxa named for the dedicatee, who will now be remembered by a species of Cladonia, Phaeographina, Placopsis, Ramonia, Strigula and Physcia (as `jackii'), in addition to those taxa that have been named after him already. Finally, should there be any lingering doubt as to Jack Elix's contribution, there is a complete list of his publications to date (MCCARTHY et al.). I'm sure that there will be many more and that Elix must have been proud to have received such a tribute from his friends and colleagues.

J.C. David

Bibliography of Systematic Mycology vol. 7

Contents top ↑

Preface 7
AHTI, T., WIRTH, V. and STENROOS, S.: Cladonia elixii, a new lichen species
from New Zealand 9
ARCHER, A. W.: Phaeographina elixii, a new species of Graphidaceae from
Australia 13
ARUP, U., WILFLING, A., PRUGGER, J. and MAYRHOFER, H.: Contributions
to the lichen flora of Slovenia VIII. Lichenized and lichenicolous fungi from
Veliki Sneznik 17
CALATAYUD, V. and TRIEBEL, D.: Stigmidium acetabuli (Dothideales sees.
tat.), a new lichenicolous fungus on Pleurosticta acetabulum 27
COPPINS, B. J. and KANTVILAS, G.: Four new species of Rimularia Nyl.
(Agyriaceae) 35
GALLOWAY, D. J.: Placopsis elixii, a new lichen from New Zealand, with
notes on some other species of Placopsis (Nyl.) Linds. (Agyriaceae) in
New Zealand 49
GARNOCK-JONES, P. and MALCOLM, W. M.: Transfer of Cyphella
pteridophila to Badimiella (Ascomycotina, Ectolechiaceae) 65
IRALT, M., NAVARRO-ROSINES, P. and EGEA, J. M.: Rinodina
striatitunicata (Physciaceae), new to Europe 69
HAMMER, S.: Podetial morphogenesis in Thysanothecium scutellatum
(Ascomycotina, Cladoniaceae) 75
HENSSEN, A. and J0RGENSEN, P. M.: A new species of Peltularia
(Coccocarpiaceae) from Tierra del Fuego and the South Shetland Islands 85
SERUSIAUX, E.: New species of the lichen genus Menegazzia in New
Guinea 91
J0RGENSEN, P. M.: New species and records of the lichen family Pannariaceae
from Australia 109
KALB, K.: New or otherwise interesting lichens. I 141
KANTVILAS, G.: The lichen family Fuscideaceae in Tasmania 169
KARNEFELT, E. I. and THELL, A.: The delimitation of the genus
Tuckermannopsis Gyeln. (Ascomycotina, Parmeliaceae) based on evidence
from morphology and DNA sequences 193
LAGRECA, S. and LUMBSCH, H. T.: The phylogenetic position of the
Candelariaceae (Lecanorales) inferred from anatomical and molecular
data 211
LOUWHOFF, S. H. J. J.: Biogeography of Hypotrachyna, Parmotrema and allied
genera (Parmeliaceae) in the Pacific islands 223
LÜCKING, R. and KALB, K.: New Caledonia, foliicolous lichens and
island biogeography 247
McCARTHY, P. M.: The lichen genus Strigula in Christmas Island, Indian
Ocean 275

MOBERG, R.: The lichen genus Physcia in Australia 289
SHU-XIAN: Free amino acids in lichens and their symbionts 313
OBERMAYER, W.: On the identity of Lethariella sinensis Wei & Jiang,
with new reports of Tibetan Lethariella species 321
leprarioid lichens new to Sri Lanka 327
OWE-LARSSON, B. and RAMBOLD, G.: The sorediate species of the lichen
genus Miriquidica (Lecanorales, Lecanoraceae) 335
PORZEL, A. and HUNECK, S.: Acaranoic acid and acarenoic acid: confirmation
of structure by modern NMR methods 365
RALSTON, K.: Francis Robert Muter Wilson: pioneer Australian
lichenologist 369
SMITH, C. W.: The lichen genus Umbilicaria in the Hawaiian Islands 389
S0CHTING, U.: Chemosyndromes with chlorinated anthraquinones in the lichen
genus Caloplaca 395
VERDON, D.: Typification and circumscription of Leptogium phyllocarpum
(Collemataceae) 405
Lichenological publications of Jack Elix: 1969-2000 411
Index 431