Fungalpedia – Note 268Cladosporiumsporinites (Fossil Fungi)


Cladosporiumsporinites Debi Mukh. 

Citation when using this data: Saxena RK & Hyde KD. 2024 (in prep) – Fungalpedia, Fossil Fungi. 

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Classification: Fungi Incertae sedis, Phragmosporae

The monotypic fossil genus Cladosporiumsporinites was instituted by Mukherjee (2012) from the Neyveli Lignite (Miocene, 23–5 mya) of Neyveli Lignite Mine-I, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India. This taxon includes cylindrical and oblong conidia which are fuliginous (dark soot coloured) and rounded at both the ends. Three–four septate, septa slightly constricted. Size 80–100 × 15–30 μm. Mukherjee (2012) opined that these conidia are borne on the apical part of the conidiophores but are found detached in dispersed condition. They resemble to the conidia of extant Cladosporium (growing on leaves of Dianthus barbatus and other Caryophyllaceae plants). The specific epithet refers to the cylindrical shape. 

Type species: Cladosporiumsporinites cylindricus Debi Mukh. 2012.

Figure 1 – Cladosporiumsporinites cylindricus. Scale bar = 15 μm. Redrawn from Mukherjee (2012).



Mukherjee D. 2012 – Facultative fungal remains from Miocene lignite coal of Neyveli Tamil Nadu India. International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences ISSN: 2277–2081 (Online). 2012 2(2), 1–15.


Entry by

Ramesh K. Saxena, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India


(Edited by Kevin D. Hyde, Samaneh Chaharmiri-Dokhaharani, & Achala R. Rathnayaka)


Published online 21 May 2024