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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.

© Wieckowska-Lüth/Kirleis/Schmütz 2020

Type: HdV-1093

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Gelasinospora cf. cratophora

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:
Lundqvist, N. (1972) Nordic Sordariaceae s. lat. Symbolae Botanicae Upsalienses 20, 1–374
van Geel, B. and Aptroot, A. (2006) Fossil ascomycetes in Quaternary deposits. Nova Hedwigia 82, 313–329

Description: Ascospores ellipsoidal, non-septate, ca. 35 × 25 μm. The dark brown surface is ornamented with 1 μm wide, hyaline pits. Based on molecular phylogeny, all Gelasinospora species were recently included in the genus Neurospora. Following van Geel and Aptroot (2006) we retain the name Gelasinospora as their ornamentation differs considerably from the longitudinal grooves characteristic of Neurospora species.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: According to Lundqvist (1972) Gelasinospora mainly occur on excreta, but also occur on charred substrates and on wood. Gelasinospora mainly occur on excreta, but also occur on charred substrates and on wood.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information