Fungalpedia – Note 103 Moheitospora
Moheitospora Abdel-Wahab, Abdel-Aziz & Nagahama
Citation when using this entry: Asghari et al., in prep – Fungalpedia, genera of salt marsh fungi. Mycosphere.
Abdel-Wahab et al. (2010) described Moheitospora as a novel genus in the order Hypocreales based on morphological and phylogenetic data. Later the genus was transferred to the family Juncigenaceae (Torpedosporales) (Jones et al. 2015) and was followed in Wijayawardene et al. (2022). The genus was classified with other marine fungi in the TBM (Torpedospora/Bertia/Melanospora) clade based on phylogenetic analysis of LSU and SSU rDNA sequences. Moheitospora conidiophores form acrogenous or laterally on the hyphae, with monoblastic, integrated, terminal conidiogenous cells. Conidia are irregularly helicoid, with densely attached yellow-brown to brown, muriform cells (Abdel-Wahab et al. 2010). Moheitospora differs from Cirrenalia in that it has small conidial cells that are comparable in size and colour. Moheitospora comprises two species and is typified by M. fruticosae which was first reported on Suaeda fruticosa from Egypt (Abdel-Wahab et al. 2010). Moheitospora adarca was also reported on Juncus roemerianus, from the USA (Abdel-Wahab et al. 2010), which was classified in Cirrenalia and was considered the sexual morph of Juncigera adarca (Kohlmeyer et al. 1997).
Type species: Moheitospora fruticosae Abdel-Wahab, Abdel-Aziz and Nagahama
Other accepted species:
Moheitospora adarca (Kohlm., Volkm.-Kohlm. and O.E. Erikss.) Abdel-Wahab, Abdel-Aziz and Nagahama
Figure 1 – Moheitospora fruticosae (EF14, holotype, redrawn from Abdel-Wahab et al. 2010). a–d Various shapes of mature conidia, with a sheath surrounding the conidia and conidial cells attached to each other by connective bands. Scale bars: 5 μm.
Abdel-Wahab MA, Pang KL, Nagahama T, Abdel-Aziz FA, Jones EG. 2010 – Phylogenetic evaluation of anamorphic species of Cirrenalia and Cumulospora with the description of eight new genera and four new species. Mycological Progress 9, 537–58.
Asghari R, Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Mueang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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