Phylum:Ascomycota >> Class: Ascomycetes >>  Order: Pezizales 
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 Scientific Name: Saccobolus depauperatus

Saccobolus depauperatus (Berk. & Broome) E. C. Hansen, Vid. Medd. Dansk Naturh. Foren. 1876: 87. 1876.

 Description: Apothecia gregarious or scattered, 200-300 μm wide, smooth, without margins, disc convex, white to pale violet, dotted with the protruding tips of mature asci. Excipulum of textura angularis, layer 25-50 μm thick, cells small, 5-7.5 μm diam. Asci 8-spored, broadly clavate, 76-100 × 17.5-22 μm, walls turning blue in Melzer’s reagent. Spore clusters 32-39 × 11-15 μm, arranged according to pattern II (Brummelen 1967). Ascospores fusoid-ellipsoid, 13-17 × 6-7 μm, dark violet, smooth. Paraphyses filiform, simple or branched, slightly expanded at the tips, 3-4 μm wide.

Taiwan. Hsinchu: Liufutsun Zoo, on herbivore dung, 30 Dec. 1993, Y.Z. Wang 93123 (TNM F1446). Nantou: Chingching Farm, on sheep dung, 27 Feb. 1993, Y.Z. Wang 93028 (TNM F0590). Nantou: Yingta Farm, on sheep dung, 9 Feb. 1995, Y.Z. Wang 9509 (TNM F3014).

 Habitat: Coprophilous. On dung of horse, cow, sheep, deer, porcupine, elk, elephant, rabbit, and hare, also on the mud plaster of a wall.



Brummelen, J. 1967; Liou, CS and Chen, ZC. 1977.


Y. Z. Wang

 Note: This species is recognized by the ascospore arrangement and the small, smooth, dark brown ascospores.