First report of zygospores in Asellariales and new species from the Caribbean.

L.G. Valle, M.J. Cafaro

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Abstract

We report the inedited occurrence of zygospores in symbiotic Asellariales (Zygomycota) from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Two new species of Asellaria are described, Asellaria dactylopus and A. jatibonicua, both found in the hindgut of terrestrial isopods. The presence of spherical zygospores in the latter species represents a novelty for the order. The related gut-fungi Harpellales were known to produce sexual spores, characteristically conical or biconical. Order Asellariales is emended to include the description of zygospores. An undetermined species of Orchesellaria also is reported from the Caribbean. Comments are provided for each of the species as well as drawings and photographs to illustrate each taxon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-131
JournalMycologia
Volume100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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