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Lamprospora areolata Seaver
Mycologia 4: 48 (1912)

Apothecia: 0.5-1 mm in diameter, inconspicuous membranaceous margin
Ascospores: globose, 13-16 µm (18-20 µm inclusive ornamentation), ornamentation consisting of ridges 0.5 µm wide and 2-3 µm high, forming a regular reticulum with 3-4 meshes/diameter
Host: unknown, associated with Bryum (erythrocarpum complex) and Pohlia proligera in a collection from Spain (Rubia et al. 2002)
Infectious structures: unknown
Distribution: Spain, United States
Notes: According to Benkert (1987), L. areolata is only known from the type. All other specimens labeled as L. areolata were found to represent other taxa, i.e. Lamprospora areolata reported by Caillet & Moyne (1980) belong to L. feurichiana. So far there is no proof of a parasitic relationship with bryophytes. The spore ornamentation shows affinities to L. australis, L. campylopodis and L. feurichiana (Benkert 1987).
Wang & Kimbrough (1992) cite more of Seaver's collections and recently Rubio et al. (2002) reported this species from Spain.

  • Benkert, D. 1987a. Beiträge zur Taxonomie der Gattung Lamprospora (Pezizales). - Zeitschrift für Mykologie 53: 195-271.
  • Caillet, M. & Moyne, G. 1980. Contribution a l'étude du genre Octospora Hedw. ex S.F. Gray emend. Le Gal. especes a spores ornementées, globuleuses ou subglobuleuses. - Bulletin de la Société Mycologique de France 96: 175-211.
  • Rubio, E., Suárez, A. & Miranda, M. A. 2002. Estudios preliminares sobre los generos Lamporspora de Natais y Ramsbottomia W. D. Buckley (Ascomycetes, Pezizales) en Asturias. - Bol. Soc. Micol. Madrid 26: 61-82.
  • Seaver, F. J. 1912. The genus Lamprospora, with descriptions of two new species. - Mycologia 4: 45-48, plate 57.
  • Seaver, F. J. 1914. A preliminary study of the genus Lamprospora. - Mycologia 6: 5-24, plate 114. PDF
  • Seaver, F. J. 1928. The North American cup-fungi (Operculates). - New York.
  • Wang, Y. Z. & Kimbrough, J. W. 1992. Monographic studies of North American species of Octospora previously ascribed to Lamprospora (Pezizales, Ascomycetes). - Special Publication no. 4, National Museum of Natural Science (Taiwan). PDF

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