Pleosporales » Testudinaceae

Angustospora

Angustospora Abdel-Aziz, Fungal Divers. 78: 54 (2016).

Index Fungorum number: IF 551714; Facesoffungi number: FoF 01632, 1 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2021), 1 species with molecular data.

Saprobic on decayed wood in freshwater habitats. Sexual morph: Ascomata globose to subglobose, immersed to erumpent, solitary, ostiolate, papillate, periphysate, coriaceous to sub-carbonaceous, dark-brown to black. Peridium comprising two strata, outer stratum dark-brown to black, forming a textura angularis, inner stratum comprising hyaline, thick-walled, flattened cells arranged in a textura angularis. Hamathecium comprising numerous, 1–2.5 μm wide, distantly septate, branched, trabeculate pseudoparaphyses, within a gelatinous matrix, anastmosing above asci. Asci 8-spored, bitunicate, fissitunicate, clavate, short pedicellate, apically rounded, with a wide, shallow ocular chamber and faint ring. Ascospores overlapping biseriate, dark-brown to black, (3)– 5– (7) septate, polar cells lighter when young and apical cells with two-walls, surrounded by thin, gelatinous, striate layer. Asexual morph: Undetermined (Adapted from Li et al. 2016).

 

Type species: Angustospora nilensis Abdel-Aziz

 

Notes: Angustospora was introduced by Abdel-Aziz in Li et al. (2016) with A. nilensis as type species. Angustospora is characterized by globose to subglobose ascomata, fissitunicate, clavate asci, overlapping biseriate, dark-brown to black ascospores.  Angustospora resembles Caryospora in having large ascospores with a median septum and added septa near poles of the ascospores.  Angustospora differs from Caryospora in having small ascomata and 8-spored, clavate asci (Barr 1979b; 1990; Hawksworth 1982; Abdel-Wahab and Jones 2000; Raja and Shearer 2008; Zhao and Zhao 2012; Ariyawansa et al. 2015b).  Angustospora was placed in Testudinaceae based on phylogenetic analyses of SSU and LSU sequence data (Li et al. 2016). Angustospora is a distinct and well-supported genus in Testudinaceae.

 

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