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and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

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Type: BM-4

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Dictyosporium australiense

First publication: Shumilovskikh, L.S., Schlütz, F., Achterberg, I., Bauerochse, A. and Leuschner, H.H. (2015) The development of the raised bog “Borsteler Moor” (Lower Saxony, Germany) based on non-pollen palynomorph data. Studia Quaternaria 32, 5–18

Other publication/s:
Goh, T.K., Hyde, K.D., Ho, W.H. and Yanna (1999) A revision of the genus Dictyosporium, with descriptions of three new species. Fungal diversity 2, 65–100
Sutton, B.C. (1985) Notes on some deuteromycete genera with cheiroid or digitate brown conidia. Proceeding of Indian Academy of Science (Plant Science) 94, 229–244

Description: BM-4 has pale brown conidia of 38–40 × 10–12 μm, consisting of one truncate cell with 3 vertical straight or slightly curved cylindrical 8-septate arms of more or less similar length, arranged close to each other. Morphologically, the type is very similar to Dictyosporium australiense (Sutton 1985; Goh et al. 1999). Smoothwalled, euseptate conidia produced from determinate conidiogenous cells is a generic characteristic of the whole genus Dictyosporium (Goh et al. 1999). The teleomorphic stage is unknown. The systematic identification of species is based on their specific conidiospores (Goh et al. 1999), and allows the identification of BM-4 to Dictyosporium australiense.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: Together with other decaying fungi in zone Borstel-2.

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: These hyphomycetes occur world wide on dead wood, decaying leaves and palm material. Dictyosporium australiense is known from dead wood (Goh et al. 1999).

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information