Fungalpedia – Note 186, Elsikisporonites (Fossil fungi)


Elsikisporonites Kumar 

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

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Classification: Helicosporae, Fossil Fungi. 

Kumar (1990) described the monotypic fossil genus, Elsikisporonites, from the Quilon Beds (Early-Middle Miocene, 23–11.6 mya) located in Kollam District, Kerala, India (Locality: Padappakkara) along the west coast of South India. Elsikisporonites is characterized by monoporate, nonseptate, tubular, and coiled spores having nozzle-like pores at the outer end and smooth and hyaline spore walls.

Type species: Elsikisporonites tubulatus Kumar 1990.


Figure 1 – Elsikisporonites tubulatus. Scale bar = 10 μm. Redrawn from Kumar (1990).



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


Entry by

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


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