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 (ə-rē′ə-lə, âr′ē-ō′lə)
n. pl. a·re·o·lae (-lē′) or a·re·o·las
1. A small ring of color around a center portion, as about the nipple of the breast or the part of the iris surrounding the pupil of the eye.
2. A small space or interstice in a tissue or part, such as the area bounded by small veins in a leaf or the wing of an insect. In both senses also called areole.

[Latin āreola, small open space, diminutive of ārea, open place; see area.]

a·re′o·lar, a·re′o·late (-lĭt) adj.
a·re′o·la′tion n.
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Adj.1.areolate - relating to or like or divided into areolaeareolate - relating to or like or divided into areolae; "areolar tissue"
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Pronotum alutaceous and densely pubescent, lateral surface with areolate sculpture, more apparent in the anterior margin (Fig.
Dorsum granulated, skin of flank and lower back bearing large flat warts, limbs with some low granules; skin of venter coarsely areolate; discoidal folds absent; dorsolateral and postorbital folds absent; cloacal region with some scattered warts; 3-4 ulnar tubercles present, poorly defined.
Beauv Palynomorph: Areolate with medium scabrae-type, Spheroidal, Annulate, operculate, annulate, annulus reduced, annulus 3(mu)m in diameter, 0.85(mu)m thick, size of pollen is 2.5(mu)m often slightly thicker pores.
Pronotum: unicarinate, with a single median longitudinal carina; anteriorly without a small hood, but with a narrow collar terminating before lateral areolate margin; laterally pronotum without extensive areolate paranota, but carinate, and with anterior third enlarged, reflexed into notum and with 2-3 areoles; calli dark brown to black; pronotal width [male] 0.80 (0.77-0.82) [female] 0.83 (0.82-0.87).
Thallus areolate; apothecia usually immersed, becoming adnate with age, disk pruinose; on acidic rocks ASPICILIA 5.
Pre-episternum and mesepisternum coarsely and contiguously punctured on upper half, punctures blending into dorsoventrally elongate areolae on ventral half and on venter; hypoepimeral area coarsely and contiguously punctured; metepisternum horizontally striate on upper two-thirds, ventral third somewhat areolate. Basal area of propodeum strongly striate, posterior edge strongly imbricate; lateral surface rugose, ventrally with a few striae; posterior surface minutely reticulate, slightly nodulate and double-punctate, bigger punctures separated by about three times a puncture width, surface bordered by carinae.
viride (source Tibell & (source Tibell & Ryan 2004) Ryan 2004) Thallus immersed, grey granular, green Capitulum brown pruina brown pruina Ascus size 35-44 x 3-4 20-25 x 4-5 ([micro]m) and shape cylindrical clavate Ascospore size 8-10 x 3,5-4,5 11-14 x 5-7 ([micro]m) Arrangement of uniseriate biseriate to spores in the asci threeseriate Ascospore spirally arranged spirally arranged ornamentation ridges; occasional ridges to cracked- irregular cracks areolate Chemistry norstictic and rhizocarpic acid placodioloic acids and epanorin