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Pseudoscypha J. Reid & Piroz., Can. J. Bot. 44: 351 (1966).

Index Fungorum number: IF 4486; Facesoffungi number: FoF 08061, 1 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2022), no molecular data available.

Parasitic on conifer needles. Sexual morph: Ascomata simple, pseudoparaphysate, hypophyllous, subepidermal, becoming erumpent, orange to brown and disc-like at maturity; composed of a fruiting layer on an embedded stroma of densely interwoven, hyaline, thin-walled hyphae. Asci clavate, bitunicate, 8-spored. Ascospores hyaline, 2-celled, fusoid-elliptic. Asexual morph: Unknown (adapted from Reid and Pirozynski 1966).

 Type species: Pseudoscypha abietis J. Reid & Piroz.

Notes: Pseudoscypha is characterised by simple, pseudoparaphysate ascomata, clavate, bitunicate, 8-spored asci and hyaline, 2-celled, fusoid-elliptic ascospores. Molecular data is lacking. Fresh collections with DNA sequence data are needed to confirm the systematic position of Pseudoscypha.


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