Apothecia: dispersed on the host thallus, immersed to superficial, black, (100-)200-300 µm in diam.; margin: in opened ascomata 75-100 µm thick, sometimes with deep fissures; ascomatal pore: 50-75 µm in diam.; exciple: laterally hyaline to reddish or violet brown in the inner part, dark gray to brownish gray in the outer part, K+ bright aeruginose green, N+ dark reddish brown, 10-40 µm thick, basally the same color and reactions, but just below the subhymenium reddish brown, K+ pale purple or violet, N-, 15-20 µm thick; excipular hairs: dark grayish brown, K+ bright aeruginose green, N+ dark reddish brown, with irregular, pigmented ring-like structures, 30-48 x 2.5-3 µm; epihymenium: hyaline; hymenium: hyaline, 30-60 µm tall; asci: cylindrical to elongate clavate, 43-50 x 5-8 µm; ascospores: hyaline, 0(-1)-septate, narrowly ellipsoid, (8)9-12(-13) x 2.5-3 µm.; Host: on the thallus of Pyrrhospora cf. quernea; World distribution: coastal regions of western North America; Sonoran distribution: California (Cambria and San Miguel Islands).; Notes: Skyttea tavaresiae is mainly characterized by its unusual dark grayish brown exciple, which is K+ bright aeruginose green and N+ dark reddish brown (basally with an additional, reddish brown, K+ purplish or violet pigment). It should not be confused with Skyttea pertusariicola, a species with the same pigments (see under that species for differences).
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