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Octospora splachnophila Benkert & R. Kristiansen
Zeitschrift für Mykologie 74(1): 112 (2008)

Type: Norway, 'Buskerud, Hol, Geiteryggen, Kittilsbuflaten, ca. 1200 m a.s.l., auf altem Kuhmist zwischen und auf Stämmchen von Splachnum vasculosum' 1992-Aug-19, R. Kristiansen (holotype O, isotype B)
Octospora splachnophila
1: Octospora splachnophila, SEM image of ascospores, Norway, image by Roy Kristiansen
Apothecia: 1.5-4 mm, cupulate to turbinate with prominent membranaceous margin, hymenium yellow to orange
Asci: cylindric, 160-185 x 11-14 µm, 8-spored, spores uniseriate
Ascospores:  broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, 12-13(14) x 9-10.5(11) µm, ornamentation consisting of isolated, warts 0.5-0.8 µm broad and 0.3-0.4 µm high, spores with one droplet of about 8 µm
Host: Splachnum ampullaceum, Splachnum vasculosum
Infectious structures: infects rhizoids and leafs, appressoria two-celled with few accompanying hyphae
Habitat: on cow dung with Splachnum ssp.
Distribution: Finland, Norway

References:
  • Benkert, D. & Kristiansen, R. 2008. Octospora splanchnophila Benkert et Kristiansen spec. nov. (Ascomycota, Pezizales): Im 19. Jahrhundert gesammelt, im 21. Jahrhundert benannt. - Zeitschrift für Mykologie 74: 111-118.

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