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Prathoda Subram., J. Indian bot. Soc. 35: 73 (1956).

Index Fungorum number: IF 9526; Facesoffungi number: FoF 09131, 2 morphological species (Species Fungorum, 2022), molecular data unavailable.

Saprobic on host. Sexual morph: Unknown. Asexual morph: Synnemata erect, dark brown, simple or branched with one or more apical clusters of conidiophores. Conidiophores simple or branched, brown, septate, geniculate. Conidia hyaline to sub-hyaline, long, scolecosporous, many-septate, produced singly and acrogenously from the tips of conidiophores. Successive production of conidia by growth of conidiophore through scar of previous conidium or by renewed growth from just below scar of previous conidium (adapted from Subramaniam, 1956).


Type species: Prathoda saparva Subram.


Notes: Prathoda was introduced by Subramaniam (1956) with P. saparva as type species. Prathoda is characterised by erect, dark brown, simple or branched synnemata, simple or branched, brown conidiophores, hyaline to sub-hyaline, long, scolecosporous conidia. Prathoda was named after the resemblance of the scolecospores to that of a long whip and ‘saparva’ means divided, indicating the septate nature of the conidia. Prathoda is a distinct genus in Pleosporaceae. Molecular data is lacking for the genus. Fresh collections with sequence data are needed to confirm the taxonomic placement of Prathoda.


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