Fungalpedia – Note 179, Meliolinites (Fossil Fungi)


Meliolinites Selkirk ex Janson. & L.V. Hills.

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

Index FungorumFacesoffungi, MycoBank, GenBankFig. 1. 

ClassificationMeliolaceae, Meliolales, MeliolomycetidaeSordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Fossil Ascomycota, Fungi.

Selkirk (1975) described Meliolinites from Early Miocene (2316 mya) sediments in Kiandra, New South Wales, Australia. These were represented by fossil fungal colonies, exhibiting mycelium and spores with general characteristics of members of Meliolaceae. Mycelial setae are absent. Information regarding the perithecial structure and the nature of perithecial appendages is uncertain or lacking. Ten species listed in Index Fungorum (2023) under this genus.

Type Species: Meliolinites spinksii (Dilcher) Selkirk ex Janson. & L.V. Hills. (= Meliola spinksii Dilcher) 

Other accepted species: (Species Fungorum – search Meliolinites)



Figure 1 – Meliolinites spinksiiScale bar = 10 μm. Redrawn from Selkirk (1975).



Selkirk DR. 1975 – Tertiary fossil fungi from Kiandra, New South Wales. Proceedings of the Linnean Society, New South Wales 100, 70–94.


Entry by

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


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