Lichenologische Nebenstunden

Contributions to lichen taxonomy and ecology in honour of Klaus Kalb

Ed.: Andreas Frisch; Ute Lange; Bettina Staiger

2007. XIII, 343 pages, 110 figures, 14 tables, 14x23cm, 650 g
Language: English

(Bibliotheca Lichenologica, Band 96)

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Synopsis top ↑

Lichenologische Nebenstunden (lichenological studies after hours) features twenty-seven peer reviewed contributions by 51 authors. The majority of papers have a taxonomic background, both classical and molecular, in accordance to Klaus Kalb's own research interests, covering a wide topical range. One paper seeks to delineate ecological groups of lichens on two species of trees of the Thailand rainforests.

The papers of this volume cover a wide variety of taxa including species of Aspicilia (Megasporaceae) Caloplaca, Fulgensia, and Xanthoria (Teloschistaceae), Cladonia (Cladoniaceae) Collema and Leciophysma (Collemataceae) Compsocladium, Ramalina, and Tephromela (Ramalinaceae), Fuscidea, Maronea and Ropalospora (Fuscideaceae), Gyalideopsis (Gomphillaceae), Kalbographa and Schismatomma (Graphidaceae), Lecanora and Maronina (Lecanoraceae), Ocellularia (Thelotremataceae), Hypotrachyna, Menegazzia, Parmelia, Parmotrema and Xanthoparmelia (Parmeliaceae), Heterodermia, Physconia and Rinodina (Physciaceae), Placopsis (Trapeliaceae) and Santessoniella (Pannariaceae) as well as the lichenicolous fungi on Tephromela. The geographical gamut of the contributions is similarly wide and covers the neotropics (Brazil, the Carribean, Costa Rica), North America, Europe, Africa, tropical Asia and Australia.

Furthermore, papers in this volume describe a number of new species nine of which are named in honour of Klaus Kalb.

Review: Nova Hedwigia 87/1-2 top ↑

The series of papers complied for the Festschrift in honor of Klaus Kalb’s 65th birthday by lichenological experts is a clear evidence for the high regard of the enormous significance of his work. Dr. Kalb has probably done more than anyone to promote the lichenology in the tropics. His wide range of interest has made and is continuing to make a major contribution to tropical lichenology. His publications from 1966-2007 compiled by the editors include 89 papers and a list of 271 new taxa described by him. Up to now a total of 30 species and two genera are described in his honor, eight of which appear in this volume.

This volume comprises 27 articles by 51 authors from all parts of the world. It includes contributions not only from classical systematics but also from a wide range of fields including molecular phylogeny, ecology and biogeography. Apart from lichenological contributions it also includes a preface containing biographical notes of Klaus Kalb, three contribution related to him, including David Galloway’s personal reflections. The substantial contributions concern the families Fuscideaceae, Teloschistaceae, Parmeliaceae and the genera Aspicilia, Maronina, Ocellularia, Placopsis, Ramalina, Schistophoron; and also information on species from different parts of the world. Some of the most significant contributions are the paper by Ahti on the Cladonia verticillata group, which provides an identification key of this group and includes the description of four new species; Elix reports on further new species in Parmeliaceae from Australasia, in which the author describes eight new species; Galloway & Arvidsson publish on Placopsis in Ecuador; Mangold et al. on Ocellularia in Australia and provide a key to the species with one new species described; Kondratyuk et al. report on Teloschistaceae of Australia; Marcelli et al. on Brazilian different lichenized fungi. The latter authors describe six new species in Parmotrema, Heterodermia and Leptogium; and Lücking describes a new genus in Graphidaceae, viz. Kalbographa.

Some contributions also provide molecular phylogenetic approaches in this volume. Bylin et al. present a phylogenetic study on Fuscideceae and the paper concludes that Fuscidea and Maronea should be transferred to Umbilicariales, and Ropalosporaceae reinstated for the genus Ropalospora. The phylogenetic tree presented in this paper lacks statistical support especially at main nodes due to single gene analysis and or poor taxon sampling. Lohtander et al. provide a phylogeny of some Russian Physconia species, and the phylogeny of Aspicilia is studied by Nordin et al.

The volume also includes a significant contribution on lichenicolous fungi by Hafellner. The article treats 11 lichenicolous fungi species inhabiting Tephromela, of which two are described new to science and a key of all known species found on Tephromela is also provided. Furthermore, this volume includes an account on ecological study in tropical rainforests at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand by Boonpragob and Wetchasart. Nine different ecological groups are distinguished based on their distribution, and information on long term monitoring is provided.

The scientific and editorial standards are very high and the quality of the reproduction of the photographs is excellent. The volume contains articles from diverse fields of lichenology and many new names which are introduced here from different parts of the world. This Festschrift is certainly of interest to a wide spectrum of lichenologists.

P .K. DIVAKAR, Madrid

Nova Hedwigia 87/1-2

Review: Mycotaxon vol. 107, 2009 top ↑

This book has been edited by Klaus Kalb’s students to honour him on his 65th birthday, and, like the previous volume in the series (see above), it is a tribute to his contribution to (mostly tropical) lichenology. It includes 27 papers, mainly on systematics and taxonomy, six of which discuss tropical collections. As before, the arrangement of the contributions is in alphabetical order by first author, preceded by a preface, and an introduction of Klaus Kalb’s lichenological achievements by David Galloway. As the list of taxa described or recombined by Klaus is extraordinarily long, extending over ten pages, a separate paper is included at the end of this festschrift. Also in this paper we are made aware that lichenologists have been ready to appreciate his contribution earlier and thus have dedicated to him a total of 32 taxa, including three new genera, of which only eight are introduced as new to science in the present volume.

Many of the authors contributing to the previous volume have also papers in this one, and the treatments follow similar layouts, with good descriptions and illustrations for the new taxa, and keys where appropriate. Nevertheless, a few more papers embrace the use of molecular data to support or discuss current systematic emplacements of the taxa, e.g. Bylin and collaborators’ on the phylogenetic study of the Fuscideaceae (pp. 49-60), Lohtander et al.’s treatment of Physconia in Russia (pp. 175-184) which also describes two new species in the genus, and Nordin et al.’s (pp. 247-266) presentation of preliminary molecular data on 26 species of Aspicilia from Fennoscandia. This information is always compared with morphological and chemical variation. Although the majority of taxonomic and nomenclatural novelties in the text (42 and six respectively) are from lichenologically less explored regions and continue to support Aptroot’s prediction that at least 50 % of tropical forest lichens remain undescribed, there is still work to be done in Europe. Thus the papers by Harrie Sipman (pp. 267- 277) and Søchting, Huneck & Etayo (pp. 279-286) describe four and one new species respectively from Greece, Germany, and Spain.

Although Kalb’s 89 research papers and input to the subject in the last 40 years might seem by comparison to that of Galloway’s more ‘modest’, I would direct you to the last paragraph of Marcelli and collaborators’ article on p. 225, where they not only dedicate this contribution to their teacher and friend, but show Klaus as a generous human being. I was very moved by their simple and effective way of saying thank you. I am sure he is very proud of them, and hope that his own contribution to the subject will not stop at 65!

Begoña Aguirre-Hudson, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew/U.K.

Mycotaxon vol. 107, 2009

Review: PERSOONIA vol. 21 (December 2008) top ↑

This Festschrift for Klaus Kalb contains twenty-seven contributions by fifty-one authors devoted to lichenology, in a wide-range of topics from morphological-taxonomic, ecological to molecular studies, covering various parts of the world in particular the tropics (Indonesia, Thailand) and the Southern Hemispere. A number of new species is described, nine of which in honour of Klaus Kalb. In an appendix the lichenological publications of Kalb are listed, and an enumeration is given of all taxa and new combinations described by or named after Klaus Kalb.

PERSOONIA vol. 21 (December 2008)

Contents top ↑

List of participants
GALLOWAY, D. J. - Klaus Kalb - 65 years young! 1
AHTI, T. - Further studies on the Cladonia verticillata group
(Lecanorales) in East Asia and western North America 5
APTROOT, A. & SIPMAN, H. J. M. - A new Schistophoron (Graphidaceae)
from Costa Rica 21
BOONPRAGOB, K. & POLYIAM, W. - Ecological groups of lichens along
environmental gradients on two different host tree species in the
tropical rain forest at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand 25
BYLIN, A., ARNERUP, J., HÖGBERG, N. & THOR, G. - A phylogenetic study
of Fuscideaceae using mtSSU rDNA 49
ELIX, J. A. - Further new species in the lichen family Parmeliaceae
(Ascomycota) from tropical and subarid Australasia 61
FRISCH, A. - Compsocladium kalbii sp. nova from the Ecuadorian Andes
GALLOWAY, D. J. & ARVIDSSON, L. - Notes on Placopsis (Ascomycota:
Trapeliaceae) in Ecuador 87
HAFELLNER, J. - The lichenicolous fungi inhabiting Tephromela species
HENSSEN, A. - Leciophysma subantarcticum, a new cyanophilic lichen
from the Southern Hemisphere 129
KANTVILAS, G. & ELIX, J. A. - Observations on the genus Maronina 137
KASHIWADANI, H. & MOON, K. H. - The genus Ramalina (Ascomycota,
Ramalinaceae) in Indonesia 145
Contributions to the Teloschistaceae of Australia 157
LOHTANDER, K., URBANAVICHUS, G. & AHTI, T. - The phylogenetic position
of two new species of Physconia (lichenized Ascomycetes) from Russia
LÜCKING, R. - Kalbographa: Monografie einer unerkannten
Flechtengattung . . 185 MANGOLD, A., ELIX, J. A. & LUMBSCH, H. T. -
Ocellularia species with a cone-shaped columella in Australia 193
CANÊZ, L. S., CUNHA, I. P. R. & MARTINS, M. F. N. - Some new species
and combinations of Brazilian lichenized fungi 209
MAYRHOFER, H. & SHEARD, J. W. - Rinodina archaea (Physciaceae,
lichenized Ascomycetes) and related species 229
NORDIN, A., TIBELL, L. & OWE-LARSSON, B. - A preliminary phylogeny of
Aspicilia in relation to morphological and secondary product variation
SIPMAN, H. J. M. - New lecanoroid lichens from Greece 267
SØCHTING, U., HUNECK, S. & ETAYO, J. - Caloplaca epigaea sp. nova from
arid soil in Spain and dead grass in Germany 279
Santessoniella saximontana, a new lichen species from British Columbia
distribution of Parmelia ernstiae in Denmark 299
VEZDA, A. - Gyalideopsis pandani (lichenisierte Ascomycota,
Gomphillaceae), eine neue Art aus Papua Neu Guinea 305
WIRTH, V. - Tephromela nashii Kalb in Afrika 311
LANGE, U. & FRISCH, A. - Lichenological contributions by Klaus Kalb in
the years 1966-2007 315
STAIGER, B., LANGE, U. & FRISCH, A. - Taxa and new combinations
described by - or named after - Klaus Kalb 321
Alphabetical index 333