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The database is hosted by Kiel University
and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

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epicoccumType: HdV-1011

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Epicoccum purpurascens

First publication: van Geel, B., Gelorini, V., Lyaruu, A., Aptroot, A., Rucina, S., Marchant, R., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. and Verschuren, D. (2011) Diversity and ecology of tropical African fungal spores from a 25,000-year palaeoenvironmental record in southeastern Kenya. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 164, 174–190

Other publication/s:
Ellis, M.B. (1971) Dematiaceous Hyphomycetes. Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew
Domsch, K.H., Gams, W. and Anderson, T.-H. (1980) Compendium of Soil Fungi. Academic Press, London

Description: Globose conidia, 15-28 μm in diameter, verrucose, with multiple transverse and vertical septa and a funnel-shaped smooth base with attachment scar.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: E. purpurascens is a ubiquitous saprophytic fungus found on a variety of substrates. It is an extremely common cosmopolitan invader of dead plant material (Ellis, 1971), but is also known from soil, litter, wheat, potato, sugar beet, hay, bird nests, pulp, paper, cotton and wood (Domsch et al., 1980).

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information