Neoascochyta tardicrescens Valenz.-Lopez, Cano, Crous, Guarro & Stchigel, in Valenzuela-Lopez et al. Stud. Mycol. 90: 44 (2017)
Facesoffungi number: FoF 07465
Saprobic on dead leaves of Dactylis glomerata. Sexual morph: undetermined. Asexual morph: Conidiomata 75–140 µm diam., 70–120 µm high, pycnidial, scattered or gregarious, immersed, with dark brown to black spots on the host surface, globose to subglobose, unilocular, thick-walled, ostiolate. Ostiole circular, papillate, centrally located. Conidiomatal wall 10–20 µm wide, composed of thick-walled, brown to hyaline cells of textura angularis. Conidiophores reduced to conidiogenous cells. Conidiogenous cells 3–7 × 3–6 µm, hyaline, enteroloblastic, phialidic, doliiform to ampulliform, determinate, smooth-walled, formed from the inner wall cells of the pycnidium. Conidia 9–17.5 × 3–5 µm (= 13 × 4; n=50), hyaline, fusiform, straight, obtuse at both ends, smooth-walled, guttulate.
Culture characters: Colonies on PDA, reaching 20–30 mm diam. after 7d at 25–30°C, white to darker in the middle zone, becoming grey to black with age, velutinous to felty, flattened, dense, subsuperficial, reverse black, with fimbriae margins; sporulating after 3 months.
Material examined: Italy, province of Forlì-Cesena, Civitelle di Romagna, Bonalda, on dead aerial leaves of Dactylis glomerata (Poaceae), 2 December 2012, Erio Camporesi, IT945 (MFLU 19-2885), living culture MFLUCC 13-0483 = ICMP 20793; (KUN, HKAS 101699).
Notes: Neoascochyta tardicrescens has also been isolated from human feet (Valenzuela-Lopez et al. 2018).
Neoascochyta tardicrescens (MFLU 19-2885) a Herbarium specimen. b, c Appearance of dark brown conidiomata on the host. d Vertical section of conidioma. e Vertical section of peridium. f–g, i–j Conidiogenous cells and developing conidia. h Ostiole. k Germinating conidium. l–n Conidia. o–r Culture on PDA. Scale bars b = 200 µm, c = 100 µm, d, h, k = 20 µm, e = 10 µm, f–g = 5 µm, i–j = 2 µm, l–n = 5 µm, o–r = 25 mm.
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