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HdV-359Type: HdV-359

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Brachysporium obovatum / B. bloxami / Bactrodesmium betulicola bloxami / B. betulicola

First publication: 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

Other publication/s: Carrión, J.S. and Navarro, C. (2002) Cryptogam spores and other non-pollen microfossils as sources of palaeoecological information: case studies from Spains. Annales Botanici Fennici 39, 1–14

Description: Fungal spores, (19–) 21–23 (–40) × 9–11 (–15) µm, mostly 2–3(–5)-septate, a constriction at the septum between the hyaline basal cell and the more pigmentated rest of the spore; Top cell rounded, basal cell often elongate and provided with a pore, corresponding with the place of mycelium attachment, basal cell sometimes missing, in each septum a pore of 0.3 µm wide.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: In Betula peat.

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Both Brachysporium species live on decaying wood of trees and shrubs, and Bactrodesmium betulicola occurs on Betula branches.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: Presence of decaying wood