Species Profile

White-rimmed Shingle Lichen

Scientific Name: Fuscopannaria leucosticta
Taxonomy Group: Lichens
COSEWIC Range: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
COSEWIC Assessment Date and Status Change: May 2019
COSEWIC Status: Threatened
COSEWIC Status Criteria: A3c+4c
COSEWIC Reason for Designation: This rare lichen in Canada grows in wet forests of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, with three known subpopulations. The main threat to the species in Canada is logging of host trees Eastern White Cedar and Red Maple. As with other cyanolichens, this species is sensitive to atmospheric pollution in the form of acid rain and to climate change including more extreme weather events leading to blowdown of host trees. The decline in number of mature individuals observed over the past ten years is expected to continue, with about 45% of the population expected to be lost over the next three generations.
COSEWIC History of Status Designation: Designated Threatened in May 2019.
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status
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No schedule - No Status

Individuals of this species may be protected under Schedule 1 under another name; for more information see Schedule 1, the A-Z Species List, or if applicable, the Related Species table below.

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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the White-rimmed Shingle Lichen (Fuscopannaria leucosticta) in Canada (2020-01-16)

    White-rimmed Shingle Lichen, Fuscopannaria leucosticta, is a rare lichen that grows on trees in wet forests of eastern Canada. The lichen consists of many small, overlapping lobes (like shingles). These lobes typically have a dark olive-grey colour on their upper surface, and a noticeable white rim on the edges. Mature colonies produce many brownish-coloured discs (fruiting bodies) on their upper surface. Note: This COSEWIC assessment was received by the Minister on October 15th, 2018.

Response Statements

  • Response Statement - White-rimmed Shingle Lichen (2020) (2020-01-07)

    COVID-19 and the consultations on the listing of species at risk As a result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation, it is not possible to have in-person meetings. Taking this into consideration, please note that consultation closing dates have been set for both the Normal and Extended consultations for the terrestrial species considered in this document. We will work to ensure that all the known, potentially affected parties have the opportunity to contribute to the consultations and that the consultation process is flexible and sensitive to the current context. If you wish to contribute, please submit your comments by April 2, 2021 for species undergoing normal consultations and by September 2, 2021 for species undergoing extended consultations. You may provide comments by email, letters, or through the online survey. This rare lichen in Canada grows in wet forests of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, with three known subpopulations. The main threat to the species in Canada is logging of host trees Eastern White Cedar and Red Maple. As with other cyanolichens, this species is sensitive to atmospheric pollution in the form of acid rain and to climate change including more extreme weather events leading to blowdown of host trees. The decline in number of mature individuals observed over the past ten years is expected to continue, with about 45% of the population expected to be lost over the next three generations.

Consultation Documents

  • Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act: Terrestrial Species January 2020 (2020-01-07)

    COVID-19 and the consultations on the listing of species at risk As a result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation, it is not possible to have in-person meetings. Taking this into consideration, please note that consultation closing dates have been set for both the Normal and Extended consultations for the terrestrial species considered in this document. We will work to ensure that all the known, potentially affected parties have the opportunity to contribute to the consultations and that the consultation process is flexible and sensitive to the current context. If you wish to contribute, please submit your comments by April 2, 2021 for species undergoing normal consultations and by September 2, 2021 for species undergoing extended consultations. You may provide comments by email, letters, or through the online survey. The Government of Canada is committed to preventing the disappearance of wildlife species at risk from our lands. As part of its strategy for realizing that commitment, on June 5, 2003, the Government of Canada proclaimed the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Attached to the Act is Schedule 1, the list of the species provided for under SARA, also called the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Extirpated, Endangered and Threatened species on Schedule 1 benefit from the protection afforded by the prohibitions and from recovery planning requirements under SARA. Special Concern species benefit from its management planning requirements. Schedule 1 has grown from the original 233 to 622 wildlife species at risk. Please submit your comments by May 7, 2020, for terrestrial species undergoing normal consultations and by October 7, 2020, for terrestrial species undergoing extended consultations. For a description of the consultation paths these species will undergo, please visit the Species at Risk (SAR) Public Registry website at: The Minister of the Environment's Response to Species at Risk Assessments. To respond to survey questions, please go to the survey page.
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