Species: Lichina pygmaea
Photos: On coastal rock below HWM. Bantry area, Cork, Ireland.
Black to dark-brown thallus forms mats to 1cm high. Branches +/- flattened, some can be yellow-brown. Spherical apothecia on tips.
Coastal on siliceous rocks below high water mark.
Chemical reations negative
Similar: L. confinis. Smaller, to 5mm high. Above HWM.
Lichina pygmaea on rocks below the high-water mark. Bantry, Co.Cork. February 2009