Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 11, pp 1319–1324 | Cite as

Lichen species from the northeastern shore of Sørkapp Land (Svalbard)

  • Beata Krzewicka
  • Wojciech Maciejowski
Original Paper


In July and August 2005, the occurrence, distribution, and ecology of lichen species were studied in northeastern Sørkapp Land region (Spitsbergen) in areas undergoing the process of rapid glacier recession over the past century. A total of 48 lichen species were observed and two species (Acarospora heppii and Pycnothelia papillaria) are newly reported for the Svalbard archipelago.


Lichenized fungi Sørkapp Land New records Glacier recession 



The authors thank the head of the Spitsbergen expedition, Prof. Wiesław Ziaja, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management at the Jagiellonian University, for his help, Dr. Lucyna Śliwa, the W. Szafer Institute of Botany at the Polish Academy of Science in Kraków, for confirming the identity of the Lecanora dispersa species, Dr. Andrzej Kacprzak for the translation of the paper and Mrs. Elizabeth Giles for the final language and style verification of the text.

The fieldwork was financed by the Polish National Project PBZ-KBN-108/P04/2004 titled Structure, evolution and dynamics of lithosphere, cryosphere and biosphere in the European Arctic and Antarctic, managed by the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of LichenologyW. Szafer Institute of Botany Polish Academy of SciencesKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Spatial ManagementJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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