THAMNIDIUM Link, 1809 (Ges. Naturk. Freunde Berlin Mag. Neuesten Entdeck. Gesammten 3:31); 1 sp. (Benny, 1992—monograph).
Thamnidium Link ex Gray, 1821 ( A Natural Arrangement of British Plants 1: 560; fide Benny, 1992).
Thamnidium Link ex Wallroth, 1833 [ Flora Crypt. Germ. 4(2):324; fide Benny, 1992].
= Melidium Eshweiler: Fr., 1832 ( Syst. Mycol. 3:330; fide Benny, 1992), nomen conserv., Art. 13.1(d) of the ICBN (Greuter et al., 2000; see Korf, 1982, 1983).
Melidium Eshweiler, 1822 ( De Fruct. Gen. Rhizomorphae Comment., p. 33; fide Benny, 1992).

The deliquescent-walled sporangia of Thamnidium are like those formed by Helicostylum. Persistent-walled sporangia are formed at the apex of dichotomously-branched sporangiophores that arise laterally from the main sporangiophore or its branches. Zygospores have opposed suspensors and a rough, dark zygosporangial wall (Benny, 1992).

Type species: T. elegans

Species of Thamnidium:
T. elegans Link, 1809 (Ges. Naturk. Freunde Berlin Mag. Neuesten Entdeck. Gesammten 3:31).

Hesseltine and Anderson (1956) included four species in Thamnidium and they determined that zygospores of T. elegans would form at 7 to 10 C. Mikawa (1979) found T. elegans in Japan. The type species, T. elegans, is the only species included in Thamnidium (Benny, 1992).

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Korf, R. P. 1982. Citation of authors’ names and the typification of names of fungal taxa published between 1753 and 1832 under the changes in the Code of Nomenclature enacted in 1981. Mycologia 74:250-255.

Korf, R.P. 1983. Sanctioned epithets, sanctioned names, and cardinal principles in “: Pers.” and “: Fr.” citations. Mycotaxon 16:341-352.

Mikawa, T. 1979. A taxonomic study on Japanese sporangiferous Mucorales (4). J. Japan. Bot. 54:120-128.

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