List name
Lichen habitat index - Metalliferous Habitats Index (MHI)
Owner
davidgenney@gmail.com
List type
Conservation list
Description
The lichen flora of heavy metal mines has been reviewed and an index developed (Simkin, in press). The index is applicable to British sites contaminated by heavy metals (particularly lead, zinc, cadmium and copper) as a result of mining activity and may include disused mines, smeltmills, hushes, opencuts, and also the alluvial gravels downstream of these. Such habitats can support a very high lichen diversity: a collective total of 626 taxa (excluding species that primarily grow on trees) has been recorded, including eight Threatened and 18 Near Threatened species. Saxicolous and terricolous species are the main interest, principally in areas sparse of vegetation. The index comprises 49 taxa that are preferentially found in metal-rich habitats, of which 27 are saxicolous and 22 terricolous (Table 6) and applies to individual mine sites or mine complexes that are ecologically coherent. Sites are assessed on the total number of recorded species in Table 6 (saxicolous and terricolous taxa combined). A site supporting 10 or more should be considered for notification. There is considerable variation between orefields but a single selection threshold applies. Where no sites within an orefield qualify, the richest site within the AoS should be considered.
Date submitted
2018-03-26
Date updated
2018-03-26
Is private
No
Included in species pages
No
Authoritative
No
Invasive
No
Threatened
No
Part of the sensitive data service
No
Region
Not provided
Metadata link
https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dr1780
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Lecanora epanora
Lecanora epanora (Ach.) Ach.
 
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Epilichen scabrosus
Epilichen scabrosus (Ach.) Clem.
 
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Porpidia flavicunda
Porpidia flavicunda (Ach.) Gowan
 
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Cladonia cariosa
Cladonia cariosa (Ach.) Spreng.
 
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Sarcosagium campestre var. campestre
Sarcosagium campestre var. campestre (Fr.) Poetsch & Schied.
 
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Porpidia melinodes
Porpidia melinodes (Körb.) Gowan & Ahti
 
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Peltigera venosa
Peltigera venosa (L.) Hoffm.
Pixie Gowns Lichen
 
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Polycoccum squamarioides
Polycoccum squamarioides (Mudd) Arnold
 
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Rhizocarpon cinereovirens
Rhizocarpon cinereovirens (Müll. Arg.) Vain.
 
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Polysporina subfuscescens
Polysporina subfuscescens (Nyl.) Knudsen & Kocourk.
 
Action Supplied Name Scientific Name (matched) Image Author (matched) Common Name (matched)
Lecanora epanora Lecanora epanora (Ach.) Ach.
Epilichen scabrosus Epilichen scabrosus (Ach.) Clem.
Porpidia flavicunda Porpidia flavicunda (Ach.) Gowan
Cladonia cariosa Cladonia cariosa (Ach.) Spreng.
Sarcosagium campestre var. campestre Sarcosagium campestre var. campestre (Fr.) Poetsch & Schied.
Porpidia melinodes Porpidia melinodes (Körb.) Gowan & Ahti
Peltigera venosa Peltigera venosa (L.) Hoffm. Pixie Gowns Lichen
Polycoccum squamarioides Polycoccum squamarioides (Mudd) Arnold
Rhizocarpon cinereovirens Rhizocarpon cinereovirens (Müll. Arg.) Vain.
Polysporina ferruginea Polysporina subfuscescens (Nyl.) Knudsen & Kocourk.
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