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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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HdV-112Type: HdV-112

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Cercophora-type / Cercophora sp.

First publication: van Geel, B. (1978) A palaeoecological study of Holocene peat bog sections in Germany and the Netherlands, based on the analysis of pollen, spores and macro- and microscopic remains of fungi, algae cormophytes and anymals. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 25, 1–120

Other publication/s:
van Geel, B., Bohncke, S.J.P. and Dee, H. (1981) A palaecological study of an upper Late Glacial and Holocene sequence from 'De Borchert', The Netherlands. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 31, 367–448
van der Wiel, A.M. (1982) A palaecological study of a section from the foot of the Hazendonk (Zuid-Holland), based on the analysis of pollen, spores and macroscopic remains. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 38, 35–90
van Geel, B., Hallewas, D.P. and Pals, J.P. (1983) A Late Holocene deposit under the Westfriese Zeedijknear Enkhuizen (Prov of Noord-Holland, The Netherlands): palaeoecological and archaeological aspects. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynolynology 38, 269–335
van Geel, B., Buurman, J., Brinkkemper, O., Schelvis, J., Aptroot, A,. van Reenen, G. and Hakbijl, T. (2003) Environmental reconstruction of a Roman Period settlement site in Uitgeest (The Netherlands), with special reference to coprophilous fungi. Journal of Archaeological Science 30, 873–883
van Geel, B. and Aptroot, A. (2006) Fossil ascomycetes in Quaternary deposits. Nova Hedwigia 82, 313–329
Menozzi, B.I., Zotti, M. and Montanari, C. (2010) A non-pollen palynomorphs contribution to the local environmental history in the Ligurian Apennines: a preliminary study. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 19, 503–512

Description: Ascospores ellipsoid, 13–27 (–36) x 6–14 (–18) μm in size, truncated at the basal side and tapering at the apical end. Subapical pore is ca. 0.7 μm in diameter; Ascospores with one septum also occur, and if so, there is no constriction at the septum; The fossil spores may still have the hyaline appendage at the basal end.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Cercophora species are common, rather ubiquitous saprotrophs with a preference for dung (coprophilous) or degraded other organic matter, cosmopolitan.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: Presence for animal dung in the vicinity of the sample site