Diversity of Lichen Flora in Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, Kaatuan, Lantapan, Bukidnon

Document Type: Original Research Paper

Authors

1 College of Education, Central Mindanao University, University Town, Musuan, Maramag, 8714 Bukidnon, Philippines Lourdes, Integrated School, Barangay Lourdes, Valencia City, 8709 Bukidnon, Philippines

2 College of Education, Central Mindanao University, University Town, Musuan, Maramag, 8714 Bukidnon, Philippines

3 Department of Biological Science and Mathematics, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Andres Bonifacio Ave, Iligan City, 9200 Lanao del Norte, Philippines

Abstract

This study was conducted to identify and classify the lichens; determine the diversity index and richness of lichens. A total of 36 species belonging to six genera under three families was identified. Lichen species were mostly found at moderate high altitudinal range with an elevation of 1,131 meters above sea level and open areas where they received adequate sunlight with high moisture and humidity contents. Diversity, composition and altitudinal distribution of lichens was evaluated in Mt. Kitanglad Range, Kaatauan, Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines a wet forest type forest. The maximum species richness was reported on Usnea rubicunda Stirt. The abiotic factors were shown to be essential in adapting the relative abundance of lichens for it is capable to survive in the range of light levels, it appears that drier and lighter conditions competitively favored. Additionally, lichen diversity is dependent on the climatic and environmental conditions which makes them as an excellent biological indicators of ecosystem changes in the forests of Mindanao Island, Philippines.

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