Species and Maps

Distribution maps for all the British species of lichens and lichenicolous fungi are available here. These are more up to date and accurate than those on the NBN Atlas. We are gradually building these pages up into species accounts, with text and photos to aid identification, and will continue to work on this over the coming months. See, for example, the account for Ricasolia virens (formerly Lobaria virens.). More technical accounts for many species can be found on the Fungi of Great Britain and Ireland website https://fungi.myspecies.info/, and in the Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland (LGBI3) being published online in the Identification section of this website.

Taxonomy changes: If you cannot find a species, please look for it in the taxon dictionary - you may find that the name has been changed, but from there you can click through to see the map and account.

Map update in progress due to be completed by the end of January 2022. After this we will continue to update the maps whenever there a re significant changes. If you need the current map for any taxon please ask records@britishlichensociety.org.uk, and we will email it to you. We can also supply maps for smaller areas at higher resolution, and datasets to use yourself in DMAP or GIS.

More info: Species descriptions for some of our more common lichens and lichenicolous fungi that grow on some lichens.

Select from the alphabetic index below to view an account or distribution map:

Complete index of species, grouped by first letter ie A..Z.

or use this drop down list: