Buelliella minimula (Tuck.) Fink, Lich. Fl. U.S.: 372 (1935).
≡ Buellia minimula Tuck., Syn. N. Amer. Lich. (Boston) 2: 106 (1888).
Index Fungorum number: IF 410461; Facesoffungi number: FoFxxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Ertz et al. (2015).
Material examined: see Ertz et al. (2015).
Fig. 1. Buelliella lecanorae (TU-8283, holotype, re-drawn from Fig. 2 in Sujia and Alstrup 2004). a Ascospores. b Section through ascomata. Scale bars: a = 10 μm, b = 20 μm.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Buelliella are non-lichenized or lichenicolous. As lichenicolous they form obligate associations with lichens and have different lifestyle such as pathogens, saprotrophs or commensals (Lawrey and Diederich 2003).
Industrial relevance and applications
The industrial use of Buelliella has not been investigated.
No disease has been reported from Buelliella.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
The chemical diversity of Buelliella has not been investigated.
Diversity of the genus
Buelliella comprises 12 species known on wide range of plants such as on bark, Brigantiaea leucoxantha (Brigantieaceae), Lecanora chlarotera (Lecanoraceae), Acer platanoides (Sapindaceae), Phaeophyscia sciastra (Physciaceae), Protoparmeliopsis (Lecanoraceae), Pyxine cocoes (Caliciaceae), thallus and apothecia of Caloplaca cinnabarina (Teloschistaceae), thallus of Dirinaria picta (Caliciaceae), thallus of Heppia arenacea (Heppiaceae) and thallus of Phlyctis andensis (Phlyctidaceae). Buelliella is reported from Canary Is., Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Maule, Nagaland, on normal and volcanic rock, Papua New Guinea, Queensland, Texas and Venezuela. The diversity of Buelliella is still not clearly understood and comprehensive studies are needed to discover more species of Buelliella.