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Xenoastrosphaeriella trochus

Xenoastrosphaeriella trochus (D. Hawksw.) Phookamsak, H.B. Jiang, & K.D. Hyde

BasionymMelanomma trochus Penz. & Sacc., Malpighia 11(9–10): 401 (1897)

SynonymyLeptosphaeria trochus (Penz. & Sacc.) Höhn., Sber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Math.-naturw. Kl., Abt. 1 118: 328 [54 repr.] (1909)

Asterella trochus (Penz. & Sacc.) Hara, Nippon-gaikingaku: 187 (1936)

Asterotheca trochus (Penz. & Sacc.) I. Hino, Bull. Miyazaki Coll. Agric. Forest. 10: 57 (1938)

Trematosphaeria trochus (Penz. & Sacc.) Teng, Sinensia, Shanghai 9: 257 (1938)

Astrosphaeriella trochus (Penz. & Sacc.) D. Hawksw., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 82: 46 (1981)


Index Fungorum number: IF 111138; Facesoffungi number: FoF 08164.


Description from Hyde and Frohlich (1998) observed from submerged Phragmites:


Sexual morph: Ascomata arising singly, 2–3 rarely united at the base, erumpent when young, immersed only at the base, some with teeth-like flanges, brown or black, carbonaceous, in section (225–)600– 800(–1000) µm diam., (295–)500–800(–1000) µm high, conical, ostiolate. Asci 160–220 × 10–20 µm, 8-spored, cylindrical, short pedicellate, with an ocular chamber and ring. Ascospores (44)48–65(–72) × (5–)6-8(-9) µm, 2-seriate, elongate fusiform, sometimes tending to be arcuate, gradually tapering towards the apices, reddish-brown, sometimes with paler end cells, 3–5-septate, constricted at the septa, smooth-walled, with inconspicuous mucilage at the tips. Asexual morph: Undetermined.


Material examined: SOUTH AFRICA: Durban, Palmiet River, on submerged Phragmites, Nov. 1994, T. S. Steinke & K. D. Hyde (HKU(M) 2170).


Description from Hongsanan et al. (2020) on dead stem of Thysanolaena maxima:


Saprobic on Thysanolaena maxima (Poaceae), visible as black, opaque, cone-like, on the host surface. Sexual morph: Ascomata 570–810 μm high, 590–760 μm diam., carbonaceous, dark brown to black, opaque, solitary to gregarious, erumpent through the outer layers of the host tissue, becoming superficial, easily broken, conical to mammiform, with host cortex persisting as ruptured, reflexed, stellate, host remnants, around the base, uni-loculate, rarely bi-loculate, glabrous, ostiolate, with a minute papilla. Peridium 40–110 μm wide, of unequal thickness, poorly developed at the base, thicker at sides towards the apex, composed of small, dark opaque, melanized cells of textura prismatica or palisade-like. Hamathecium comprising dense, 0.5–1.5 μm wide, filiform, trabeculate, anastomosing at the apex, pseudoparaphyses, embedded in a hyaline gelatinous matrix. Asci (125–)160–190(–215) × 10–12(–14) μm ( = 172.5 × 11.9 μm, n = 30), 8-spored, bitunicate, fissitunicate, subcylindrical to cylindric-clavate, short pedicellate, apically rounded, with well-developed ocular chamber. Ascospores (40–)45–55(–57) × 4.5–6 μm (= 48.2 × 5.6 μm, n = 30), overlapping 1–2-seriate, narrowly elongate fusiform with acute ends, brown to reddish brown, paler at the end cells, (3–)5-septate, slightly constricted at the septa, smooth-walled, with conspicuous mucilaginous sheath surrounded ascospores. Asexual morph: Undetermined.


Material examined: CHINA, Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna tropical botanical garden, on dead stem of Thysanolaena maxima, 27 April 2017, R. Phookamsak, IS001 (KUN-HKAS 107533), living culture, KUMCC 18-0194.


Freshwater distribution: China (Tsui et al. 2000; Cai et al. 2002a, 2002b; Hu et al. 2013), Australia (Vijaykrishna and Hyde 2006), South Africa (Hyde and Frohlich 1998; Hyde et al. 1998)



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Vijaykrishna D, Hyde KD (2006) Inter- and intra-stream variation of lignicolous freshwater fungi in tropical Australia. Fungal Divers 21:203–224