The lichenised fungus Echinoplaca vezdana from the Philippines is described
and illustrated. It has a comparatively large thallus, large apothecia, an
d 2-4 muriform. ascospores per ascus. The new taxon is closely related to E
. diffluens, which differs in having transversely septate ascospores. The t
wo species form another pair of morphologically similar taxa differing in a
scospore types of which five were previously known. Echinoplaca vezdana is
dedicated to Antonin Vezda, one of the outstanding lichen taxonomists of th
e 20(th) century, on the occasion of his recent 80(th) birthday.