This species is endemic to high elevations in the southern Appalachians. It’s narrow distribution, threats to the ecosystem in which is lives, including invasive pests, and climate change all contribute to the threatened status of Lecanora masana.
Western North Carolina and southern Virginia.
Population and Trends
This species is narrowly restricted to the southern Appalachians. No monitoring of the population sizes and health has been conducted.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in multiple different high-elevation habitats, including spruce-fir, northern hardwood and shrub balds.
Loss of habitat due to invasive tree pests and climate change.
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseasesInvasive non-native/alien species/diseasesNamed speciesClimate change & severe weatherHabitat shifting & alteration
Most of this species populations occur on national forest or national park land. Thus, the land is preserved to different degrees. As long as logging is not allowed in the national forest where this species occurs, then it will not be threatened.
Site/area protectionEducation & awarenessCompliance and enforcement
Monitoring is needed to document the health and size of populations.
Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologySpecies Action/Recovery PlanPopulation trends