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There is a wealth of lichen information at this site, created by Dr. Irwin Brodo (Canadian Museum of Nature) and Sylvia Duran Sharnoff and Stephen Sharnoff (associate researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden) orignally as a preview to their upcoming book Lichens of North America. Here the authors describe the ecology of lichens, including several nice details, such as a summary (with bibliography) of lichen use by wildlife in North America and a review of lichen-invertebrate interactions. Of particular note are the many spectacular color photographs of dozens of species of lichens, from Acarospora evolutum to Xanthoria parietina; all photographs are accompanied with text, providing natural history insights. Those interested in the ethnobotanical uses and history of lichens will want to browse the database on human use of lichens. A selection of hand-picked lichen links rounds out the site.
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