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Ovipoculum album

Ovipoculum album Zhu L. Yang & R. Kirschner 2010, in Kirschner et al., Fungal Diversity, 43, 55-65 (2010)

Diagnosis: Conidiomata gelatinous when wet, white or somewhat translucent, cupulate, almost sessile, laterally attached to the substratum, 26 mm wide, 1.55 mm long and 13 mm thick. Root-like structures extending from the base into the substratum not found. Upper surface of the conidiomata slightly concave, in many cases wider than long when seen from above, composed of uniform, gelatinised, loosely interwoven hyphae being 22.5 μm wide, sometimes slightly swollen at the septa, with clamps at the septa, clamps often with a posterior appendage that in some cases is delimited by a retraction septum. Bulbils formed on the upper side in the shallow depression of the conidioma, inconspicuous when wet, more conspicuously raised when the conidioma has become a horny layer during drying, initials embedded in the upper half of the conidioma, formed of terminal and lateral branches by dense and repeated branching and septation of normal hyphae, clamps becoming indistinct from hyphal cells, neighbouring branches sometimes uniting, hyphae of the ball-like initials first not wider than the other hyphae, then gradually by swelling of the hyphal cells forming homogeneous balls of closely appressed isodiametrical or irregular cells, due to swelling and pressure from more basal, developing new bulbil initials gradually moved to the upper surface and eventually detached from the supporting hyphae. Bulbils hyaline or white, easily detached from the conidioma, almost subglobose, (75–) 83117(–150) μm diam., sometimes ovoidal or ellipsoidal, surface inconspicuously ornamented with sparse conical projections of outermost cells and sometimes with hyphal fragments, in the mature stage being easily separable into thin-walled, smooth cells measuring 326× 622 μm.

Index Fungorum Number: IF516042


Figure 1. Habitus of conidiomata of Ovipoculum album. a Photograph of conidiomata in nature (HKAS 57058). b Schematic sketch of longitudinal section through conidioma indicating the distribution of bulbils and bulbil initials (HKAS 48722). Scale bar=100 μm