Melaspilea leciographoides Vouaux

Bull. Soc. Mycol. Fr., 29: 472, 1913
Synonyms: Mycomelaspilea leciographoides (Vouaux) Keissl.
Distribution: N - VG (Tretiach 1992).
Description: Thallus not evident, not lichenized, immersed in the thallus of the host lichen. Apothecia black, at first rounded then elongate, 0.15-0.5 x 0.1-0.2 mm, scattered or in clusters of 2-5, with an exposed disc and a rather thick, raised proper margin. Proper exciple prosoplectenchymatous, dark brown; epithecium brown; hymenium colourless, I+ blue; paraphyses thread-like, branched and anastomosing, capitate, the apical cells swollen, up to 3.5 μm wide; hypothecium brownish. Asci elongate-clavate, thickened at apex and with an internal apical beak, K/I-. Ascospores 1-septate, at first hyaline then pale brown, sole-shaped, 18-22 x 9-12 μm, without a perispore. Photobiont absent. Spot tests: thallus K-, C-, KC-, P-, UV-. Chemistry: without lichen substances.
Note: a lichenicolous fungus growing on calcicolous endolithic lichens, mostly Verrucariaceae; the Italian sample, however, was growing on Petractis clausa.
Growth form: Lichenicolous fungus
Substrata: rocks
Reproductive strategy: mainly sexual
paras endolithic lichens

Commonnes-rarity: (info)

Alpine belt: absent
Subalpine belt: absent
Oromediterranean belt: absent
Montane belt: absent
Submediterranean belt: extremely rare
Padanian area: absent
Humid submediterranean belt: absent
Humid mediterranean belt: absent
Dry mediterranean belt: absent

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Herbarium samples

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TSB 16653

P.L. Nimis; Owner: Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste
Herbarium: TSB (16653)
on the thallus of the host, Petractis clausa