Tar lichen, (Verrucaria maura)

Tar lichen, (Verrucaria maura)

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tar lichen, (Verrucaria maura) is a lichen that forms a thin, matt-black layer on rock surfaces that can resemble an oil stain. Reproductive bodies may be present as tiny black spots. Under magnification the surface is seen to be covered with a mesh of fine cracks that resembles dried mud.

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