Common Mosses, Liverworts, and Lichens of Ohio
A Visual Guide
Imprint: Ohio University Press
392 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 in
- Published: August 2022
- Published: August 2022
This engaging illustrated guidebook reveals the fascinating mosses and lichens that homeowners, outdoorspeople, and nature lovers encounter every day in Ohio and the Midwest.
In this guide to the most common and distinctive moss, liverwort, and lichen species in Ohio, readers will find concise physical descriptions, facts about natural history and ecology, and tips to distinguish look-alike species, all presented in a friendly, conversational tone.
Featuring detailed photographs of the plant and plantlike species in their natural settings, the book covers 106 mosses, thirty liverworts, and one hundred lichens and offers several avenues to match a specimen to its description page. “Where They Grow” chapters spotlight species commonly encountered on field outings, and field keys to help readers quickly identify unfamiliar samples.
While designed primarily as an identification tool, this guide also frames moss and lichen spotting in a scientific context. The two main sections—bryophytes and lichens—detail their respective taxonomic kingdoms, explain their life cycles and means of reproduction, and illustrate variation in the traits used for identification. The book is an introduction to the biology of these intriguing but too-often-overlooked organisms and a means to enjoy, identify, and catalog the biodiversity all around us.
“Dr. Klips has an uncanny talent for observation and an exceptional skill for distilling obscure characters into clear and memorable descriptions. Many of Klips’s species descriptions contain wonderful humor and wordplay, but they are clearly written from a place of deep knowledge and extensive experience with these organisms.”
“Klips mastered an easy-to-understand guidebook, its clear and refreshing description encouraging the identification of common Ohio species with mainly the naked eye and a hand lens. The environment and the morphological characters of species are well illustrated and brought to life with drawings and photographs.”
“This book is a valuable addition to the library of every Ohio naturalist and is also very appropriate for those in surrounding states. The study of these usually neglected organisms necessarily requires some technical jargon but Klips’s easy-to-read and frequently humorous writing style makes the process painless. While the book does not contain all the Ohio species of bryophytes and lichens, it covers the commonly seen ones with succinct descriptions and many facts not found in more technical manuals. The identification keys are easy to use and each species is represented by exceptional photographs, both on the macro and micro scale. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in nature and wanting to know more about the fascinating world of mosses and lichens.”
“Common Mosses, Liverworts, and Lichens of Ohio is an instructional, informative, and cleverly written book. It has two chapters on how to use the book, along with photographs, illustrations, and identification keys. This book will appeal to all levels of investigators interested in the abundant cryptic dwellers of soil, rocks, and trees.”
“[The book] will have a very special appeal to personal, professional readers interested in the subject of mosses, liverworts, and lichens—making it a highly recommended and worthwhile addition to community, college, and university library … collections.” — Midwest Book Review