Morphological plasticity in Cladosporium sphaerospermum

F.M. Dugan, U. Braun, J.Z. Groenewald, P.W. Crous

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A morphologically distinct isolate of Cladosporium sphaerospermum from a North American patent collection, referenced as Cladosporium lignicola in the patent, was examined. Generic affinity was confirmed by scanning electron microscopic examination of conidiogenous loci and conidial hila. Species identity as C. sphaerospermum was indicated by DNA sequence data derived from actin and translation elongation factor 1-¿ genes, and the internal transcribed spacer region. The isolate broadens the morphological limits of C. sphaerospermum by production of obclavate, occasionally transversely septate conidia with subrostrate conidiogenous apices (`alternarioid¿ conidia), and by production of conidia larger than those in prior standard descriptions. Type material of C. lignicola was reexamined and compared with the North American fungus, from which it is morphologically distinct. The decision to reduce C. lignicola to synonymy under C. herbarum was confirmed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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