Sakireeta Subram. & K. Ramakr., J. Indian bot. Soc. 36: 83 (1957)
Facesoffungi number: FoF 07583
Dothideomycetes, order incertae sedis, Botryosphaeriales, Botryosphaeriaceae
Saprobic on the host plant in terrestrial habitat. Sexual morph: undetermined. Asexual morph: Conidiomata brown to dark brown, pycnidial, subepidermal, usually aggregated, immersed, globose to depressed globose, unilocular to irregular multi-locular, glabrous, ostiolate, thick-walled. Conidiomatal wall composed of thick-walled, brown cell of textura angularis. Conidiophores reduced to conidiogenous cells. Conidiogenous cells hyaline, holoblastic, cylindrical to ampulliform. Conidia hyaline, subcylindrical to narrowly ellipsoidal or clavate, rounded at the apex, slightly truncated at the base, unicellular, initially bearing a cone-shaped, mucoid, apical sheath which splits up selectively forming three or four, tentaculiform, undulate appendages.
Type species: Sakireeta madreeya Subram. & K. Ramakr., J. Indian bot. Soc. 36: 84 (1957)
Notes: Nag Raj (1973) re-described the generic type and showed it was similar to Tiarosporella paludosa in having subcylindrical to clavate conidia, with an everted cone-like appendage that later splits into 3–4 tentacular appendages, but it has smaller conidia. On this basis S. madreeya was referred to T. madreeya. The concept was followed by later authors (Sutton and Marasas 1976, Sutton 1980, Nag Raj 1993). Crous et al. (2015b) resurrected the genus Sakireeta based on T. madreeya, which has multilocular conidiomata embedded in a brown stroma. Sakireeta remains monotypic. To provide further taxonomy and phylogeny studies of Sakireeta, recollecting material from type localities and isolating the organism into pure culture is essential.
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