Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 1587-1607

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Epiphytic and epixylic lichen species diversity in Estonian natural forests

  • Inga Jüriado
  • , Jaanus Paal
  • , Jaan Liira

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The epiphytic and epixylic lichen flora of natural forests was recorded in different parts of Estonia. Altogether 232 taxa of lichens, lichenicolous fungi, or non-lichenized fungi were recorded, 10 of them listed in the Estonian Red Data Book. We found regional differences in lichen species composition and diversity caused by differences in the forest types. The tree-species-rich boreo-nemoral forests had the most diverse lichen flora, while the boreal forest dominated by coniferous trees or birch had the lowest diversity. The stand age proved to be significant in regard to the number of lichen species in a forest. The most remarkable effect on the diversity of forest lichen species was caused by the presence of Populus tremula. Aspen had the highest number of lichen species on the basal trunk and twigs, and also the highest number of host-specific lichen species.

Boreal forest Boreo-nemoral forests Populus tremula Red Data Book Stand age