Phylum:Ascomycota >> Class: Ascomycetes >>  Order: Pezizales 
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 Scientific Name: Ascobolus reticulatus

Ascobolus reticulatus Brumm., Persoonia Suppl. 1: 153. 1967.

 Description: Apothecia disc-like, white first becoming pale yellow, 0.3-0.5 mm wide, roughened by the protruding asci. Receptacle pale brown, bottom with numerous entangled hyphae, about 3 μm wide. Excipular layer 25-37.5 μm thick, composed of hyphae and globose cells, 5-7.5 μm diam. Medullary excipulum layer 50-75 μm thick, of textura angularis, cells 5-12.5 μm diam. Marginal cells elongated, apex expanded to 10-12.5 μm wide, Hymenium 135-162 μm thick. Asci 8-spored, broadly clavate, 127-154 × 27-34 μm, walls not turning blue in Melzer’s reagent. Ascosproes biseriate, broadly ellipsoid, 15-20 × 12-15 μm, hyaline when young, pale brown at maturity, covered with irregular reticulation, with a shrunken sheath when freshly released, sometimes with a de Bary bubble when dry. Paraphyses filiform, 2-3 μm wide, tips expanded to 5-10 μm.

Fujian. Kinmen: Chinmen National Park, on deer dung, 1 June 1994, Y.Z. Wang 9452 (TNM F2495).

 Habitat: Coprophilous. On dung of deer and giraffe.

Taiwan and Germany.


Brummelen, J. 1967; Wang, YZ. 1996.


Y. Z. Wang

 Note: This is a rare species. It is characterized by a dark brown reticulation on the hyaline ascospores.