Nature conservation

Threatened species

Mt Canobolas Xanthoparmelia Lichen Community - profile

Indicative distribution

   Loading map...
The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Mt Canobolas Xanthoparmelia Lichen Community
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Ecological Community
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 05 Oct 2001
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


A foliose lichen community characterised by the following assemblage of terricolous (soil-dwelling) and saxicolous (rock-dwelling) species: Cladia fuliginosa - Xanthoparmelia canobolasensis - Xanthoparmelia digitiformis - Xanthoparmelia metaclystoides - Xanthoparmelia metastrigosa - Xanthoparmelia multipartita - Xanthoparmela neorimalis - Xanthoparmelia sulcifera - Xanthoparmelia tasmanica The total species list for the community is likely to be considerably larger than that given above. It is likely, for example, that microfauna and many species of invertebrates are associated with the lichens, but these have not been studied.


The community occurs at Mt Canobolas in central-western New South Wales, on rock faces and soils of the Mt Canobolas Tertiary volcanic complex. Xanthoparmelia canobolasensis and X. metastrigosa are known only from Mt Canobolas, and X. sulcifera and C. fuliginosa are each known from only one other locality in New South Wales. Part of the Community occurs within the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on rock faces and soils of the Mt Canobolas Tertiary volcanic complex. The Mt Canobolas complex consists mostly of trachyte and alkali rhyolite, with smaller outcroppings of other Tertiary rocks.
  • The community includes both terricolous (soil-dwelling) and saxicolous (rock-dwelling) lichens: X. sulcifera and C. fuliginosa are terricolous; X. canobolasensis, X. digitiformis, X. metaclystoides, X. metastrigosa, X. multipartita, X. neorimalis and X. tasmanica are saxicolous.
  • Some saxicolous species may also be found on soil (e.g. X. tasmanica) or wood (e.g. X. metaclystoides).

Regional distribution and habitat

Click on a region below to view detailed distribution, habitat and vegetation information.


Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern HighlandsOrange Known None