Fungalpedia – Note 111 Juxtiphoma


Juxtiphoma Valenzuela-Lopez, Cano, Crous, Guarro & Stchigel

Citation when using this entry: Yasanthika et al., in prep  Genera of soil fungi. Mycosphere.

Index FungorumFacesoffungiMycoBankGenBank, Fig 1, 2.

Juxtiphoma (Didymellaceae, Pleosporales) was introduced by Valenzuela-Lopez et al. (2018) with the type species J. eupyrena (≡ Phoma eupyrena) based on multigene phylogeny (LSU, ITS, tub2 and rpb2) and morphological support. Three species have been accepted in this genus (Index Fungorum 2023). The asexual morph is characterized by brown pycnidial conidiomata with a wall of cells of textura angularis. Conidiogenous cells are phialidic, hyaline and ampulliform forming aseptate, hyaline, smooth- and thin-walled, ovoid, ellipsoidal or cylindrical, biguttulate conidia. The sexual morph is undetermined (Domsch et al. 1993). Juxtiphoma is characterized by chlamydospores which are important for isolating species from soil particles. They are aseptate, ochraceous-brown, single or in chains, subglobose, barrel-shaped or ellipsoidal (Domsch et al. 1993, Valenzuela-Lopez et al. 2018).  All species of this genus have been isolated from soil-based habitats (Yasanthika et al. 2021). Juxtiphoma eupyrena has been isolated from Solanum tuberosum and is commonly found in soils in the UK, India, Malaysia, Netherlands and the USA (Domsch et al. 1993). Juxtiphoma kolkmaniorum and J. yunnanensis have been described from garden soil in the Netherlands and industrial waste-contaminated soil in China (Hou et al. 2020Yasanthika et al. 2021). Juxtiphoma is phylogenetically close to Cumuliphoma and morphologically similar in having pycnidia with hyaline conidia. However, Cumuliphoma  lacks chlamydospores (Valenzuela-Lopez et al. 2018).

Type species: Juxtiphoma eupyrena (Sacc.) Valenz.-Lopez, Crous, Stchigel, Guarro & Cano

Other accepted species:

Juxtiphoma kolkmaniarum Hern.-Restr., L.W. Hou, L. Cai & Crous

Juxtiphoma yunnanensis Yasanthika, G.C. Ren & K.D. Hyde




Figure 1 – Juxtiphoma eupyrena (redrawn from Fig. 280 in Domsch et al. 1993) a Chlamydospores. b Pycnoconidia.  Juxtiphoma kolkmaniorum (CBS 146005) (redrawn from Hou et al. 2020). c Pycnidia forming on oatmeal agar. d Conidiogenous cells. e Conidia. f Chlamydospores. Scale bars: a, b = 500x, c = 100 µm, d-f =10 µm.



Figure 2  Juxtiphoma yunnanensis (HKAS 107657) a Colony from above. b Colony from below. c Mycelia on the colony. d Mature septate hyphae. e Terminal, branched and chained chlamydospores. f–h Chlamydospores.   Scale bars: d = 25 μm, e = 20 μm, f-h = 10 μm.



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Entry by

Yasanthika W.A.E., Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, 57100, Thailand; School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, 57100, Thailand.


(Edited by Kevin D. Hyde)