Fungalpedia – Note 156 Axisporonites 


Axisporonites Kalgutkar & Janson.

Citation when using this data: Saxena RK & Hyde KD in prep – Fungalpedia, Fossil Fungi. Mycosphere.

Classification: Fossil fungi

Index FungorumMycoBank, Fig. 1

The monotypic fossil genus, Axisporonites, was instituted by Kalgutkar & Jansonius (2000) to accommodate Multicellaesporites indicus P. Kumar (1990) described from the Early-Middle Miocene (23–11.6 mya) sediments of Padappakkara, Quilon District, Kerala, South India. The fungal spores are medium-sized, inaperturate and tricellate; overall shape more or less elliptical; two polar cells smaller, triangular, with dark pigmentation and thicker walled than large, hyaline central cell; septa thicker than wall of central cell. 

Type species: Axisporonites indicus (P. Kumar) Kalgutkar & Janson. 

Basionym: Multicellaesporites indicus P. Kumar



Figure 1 – Axisporonites indicusScale bar = 10 μm (redrawn from Kumar 1990)



Kalgutkar RM, Jansonius J. 2000 – Synopsis of fungal spores, mycelia and fructifications. AASP Contribution Series 39, 1423. 

Kumar P. 1990 – Fungal remains from the Miocene Quilon Bed of Kerala state, South India. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 63, 13–28.


Entry by

Ramesh K. SaxenaBirbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India


Edited by Kevin D. Hyde