GAMSIELLA (R.K. Benjamin) Benny & M. Blackwell, 2004 (Mycologia 96:147).
= Mortierella Coemans subgenus Gamsiella R.K. Benjamin, 1978 (Aliso 9:157)

Colonies producing aerial hyphae and a garlic-like odor. Sporangiophores arising from the aerial hyphae, inflated, more or less moniliform, bi- or trifurcate, apically bearing 2 or 3 sporangia, each on a long, tapered pedicel. Sporangia ovoid, bispored. Sporangiospores more or less hemispherical, ornamented. Chlamydospores globose, ornamented; formed in the hyphae or in branches arising from the hyphae. Zygospores unknown.

Type species: G. multidivaricata

Species of Gamsiella:
G. multidivaricata (R.K. Benjamin) Benny & M. Blackwell, 2004 (Mycologia 96:147).
Mortierella multidivaricata R.K. Benjamin, 1978 (Aliso 9:158) (Benjamin, 1978; Ansell and Young, 1982; O’Donnell, 1979)

Gamsiella multidivaricata produces a garlic-like odor in culture. This fungus sporulates on most culture media; it was described on YpSs and PYED (Benjamin, 1978). The type culture was isolated from detritis collected in Moscow, Russia (Benjamin, 1978); the same species was isolated later from mouse dung collected in Poland (Bebłowska, 1991-1992).


Ansell, P.J., and T.W.K. Young. 1982. Light and electron microscopic study of Mortierella species. Nova Hedwigia 36: 309-339.

Bebłowska, M. 1991-1992. Four noteworthy coprophilic Mucorales from eastern Poland. Acta Mycol. 27:271-277.l

Benjamin, R.K. 1978. Gamsiella, a new subgenus of Mortierella (Mucorales: Mortierellaceae). Aliso 9:157-170.

Benny, G.L., and M. Blackwell. 2004. Lobosporangium, a new name for Echinosporangium Malloch and Gamsiella, a new genus for Mortierella multidivaricata. Mycologia 96:143-149.

O’Donnell, K.L. 1979. Zygomycetes in culture. Palfrey Contributions in Botany. No. 2. Department of Botany, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. 257 p.

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