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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-580

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Isthmospora spinosa

First publication: van Geel, B. and Aptroot, A. (2006) Fossil ascomycetes in Quaternary deposits. Nova Hedwigia 82, 313–329

Other publication/s:
Yeloff, D., Charman, D., van Geel, B. and Mauquoy, D. (2007) Reconstruction of hydrology, vegetation and past climate change in bogs using fungal microfossils. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 146, 102–145
Hughes, S.J. (1953) Fungi from the Gold Coast, II. Mycological Papers 50, 1–104

Description: Conidia (isthmospores) complex, lobed, sarciniform, dark brown, echinulate, 19.0–23.5 × 13.6–17.3 μm, exclusive of the (1.0–) 1.5–1.9 (–2.9) long spines. Hughes (1953) mentioned somewhat smaller conidia: 15–21 × 12–17 μm.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: Peat deposits / ombrotrophic bog.

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Parasite on the ascomycete Meliola ellisii, which was a parasite on local Calluna vulgaris.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: Presence of host fungi: Meliola ellisii