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Published: 2022-01-06

Qarounispora grandiappendiculata gen. et sp. nov. (Halosphaeriaceae, Microascales) from Qaroun Lake, Egypt

Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag 82524, Egypt.
Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag 82524, Egypt.
Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag 82524, Egypt.
Aquatic fungi lentic habitats molecular phylogenetics saline lake subtropical fungi Fungi


An ascomycete collected from wood submerged in Qaroun Lake, El-Faiyum governorate, Egypt, is described as a new genus in the family Halosphaeriaceae. Multigene analyses based on LSU, SSU and ITS rDNA placed the new fungus as a distinct branch within the family. The new genus is characterized by its yellow to orange-brown ascomata, thin-walled, semi-persistent asci, hyaline to yellow-orange, thick-walled, distoseptate ascospores with one polar appendage that is amorphous in structure, large in size and irregular in shape.


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