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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: UG-1078

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Sporidesmium spp.

First publication: Gelorini, V., Verbeken, A., van Geel, B., Cocqyt, C. and Vershuren, D. (2011) Modern non-pollen palynomorphs from East African lake sediments. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 164, 143–173

Other publication/s: Ellis, M.B. (1976) More dematiaceous Hyphomycetes. Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew, Surrey

Description: Conidia straight, slightly curved and narrower towards the ends, unequally and asymmetrically 11- or more celled (often broken), dark yellow to pale brown, ca. 47–105 × 8–13 μm (length dependent on the number of septa), smooth, very thick-walled, constricted at the septa. This morphotype probably includes different Sporidesmium species.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Sporidesmium has a worldwide distribution (e.g., Australia, England India, Tanzania, and United States) and is common on (fallen) leaves rotten wood and dead culms of temperate (e.g., Tilia, Sambucus, Alnus) and tropical plants (e.g., Cissus, Cordia, Caja

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information