Phylum:Ascomycota >> Class: Ascomycetes >>  Order: Pezizales 
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 Scientific Name: Ascodesmis sphaerospora

Basionym: Ascodesmis microscopica (Crouan) Seaver, Mycologia 8: 3 1916.

Ascodesmis sphaerospora Obrist, Can. J. Bot. 39: 948. 1961.

 Description: Apothecia gregarious, minute, without excipulum, formed by asci and paraphyses, 100-250 μm wide, dark brown. Asci 8-spored, broadly clavate to saccate, 88-100 × 24-30 μm. Ascospores globose to subglobose, hyaline to pale brown, without ornamentation, 10-12 μm diam.; 12-14 μm including ornamentation, reticulate. Pararphyses filiform, expanded at tips, 3-6 μm wide.

Yilan: Fushan Botanical Garden, on monkey dung, 11 Mar. 1997, Y.Z. Wang 9708 (TNM F5716). Kaohsiung: Fengshan, on goat dung, 5 Mar. 1993, Y.Z. Wang 93034 (TNM F0721). Nantou: Lienhuachih, on rabbit dung, 30 Jan. 1996, Y.Z. Wang 9615 (TNM F4472). Taichung: Kaomei, on goat dung, Mar. 18, 1994, Y.Z. Wang 9406 (TNM F1921).

 Habitat: Coprophilous. On dung of lion, tiger, jaguar, dog, raccoon, rabbit, elk, and giraffe, also isolated from soil.



Brummelen, J. 1981; Liou, CS and Chen, ZC. 1977.


Y. Z. Wang

 Note: This species is distinguished by its globose or subglobose ascospores with a reticulate ornamentation. Ascodemis microscopica also has reticulate ascospores which are, however broadly ellipsoid with an irregular reticulation (Brummelen; 1981).