Speiropsis pedatospora Tubaki, J. Hattori bot. Lab. 20: 171 (1958)
Index Fungorum number: IF 306079; Facesoffungi number: FoF xxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Barbosa and Gusmao (2005)
Material examined: see Barbosa and Gusmao (2005)
Fig. 1. Speiropsis pedatospora (re-drawn from Barbosa and Gusmao 2005). a Conidiophore with conidiogenous cells. b Branched conidia. (c, d Speiropsis scopiformis c Conidiophores with conidiogenous cells. d Unbranched conidia. Scale bar: x = 25 µm.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Speiropsis are saprobic and help in nutrient recycling within the ecosystem.
Industrial relevance and applications
There is currently no industrial use of Speiropsis. Further studies are warranted.
No biocontrol agent has been identified from Speiropsis.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
No chemical has been reported from Speiropsis. Being an aero aquatic fungus, Speiropsis may produce important enzymes. This warrants further investigation.
Diversity of the genus
Speiropsis comprises eight species. S. rogergoosensis, S. pedatospora and S. ixorae have been reported from three plant hosts namely Moraceae, Rosaceae and Rubiaceae. S. hyalospora has been reported from dung of Equus caballus. S. scopiformis has been reported from dead submerged angiosperm leaf. S. aquatica, S. belauensis, S. simplex have been reported from dead and rotten wood.