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Asci and ascospores of Sporormia fimetaria
Asci and ascospores of Sporormia fimetaria CBS119925.
Image Credit: Pedro Crous.

Sporormia fimetaria (Sporormiaceae, Pleosporales) is a widely distributed coprophilous fungus. For example, it has been studied growing on dung from several mammals in Greenland, including musk ox, reindeer, roe-deer, and sheep (Dissing 1992). The pseudothecia (ascocarps) grow superficially or partly submerged in the dung and are globose or subglobose. The asci develop firmly packed spores resembling corncobs that consist of 16 and sometimes more cells. The spores have elastical appendages, holding them together upon release. Sporormia fimetaria is the type species of the Sporormiaceae and is closely related to additional genera (Preussia, Westerdykella) occurring on dung (Kruys and Wedin 2009).


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