Fungalpedia – Note 207Teliosporites (Fossil Fungi) 

Teliosporites R. Kar, Mand. & R.K. Kar.

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

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Classification: Basidiomycota incertae sedis, Fossil Fungi.

The fossil genus, Teliosporites, was described by Kar et al. (2010) from the Bhuban Formation (Miocene, 23–5 mya) in Tlangsam, Mizoram, India. Teliosporites is characterized by a mass of fungal teliospores, generally surrounded by a gelatinous, translucent sheath up to 2 μm thick. The spores are laevigate, and sterile cells may be associated with fertile ones, giving a pseudobaculate appearance in surface view. There are two records of this genus in Index Fungorum (2023).

Type species: Teliosporites globatus R. Kar, Mand. & R.K. Kar.


Figure 1 – Teliosporites globatusScale bar = 10 μm. Redrawn from Kar et al. (2010).


Kar R, Mandaokar BD, Kar RK. 2010 – Fungal taxa from the Miocene sediments of Mizoram, northeast India. Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology 158, 240–249.

Entry by

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

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