RHIZOPODOPSIS Boedijn, 1959 (Sydowia 12:330); 1 sp. (Boedijn, 1958—description and illustration).

Rhizopodopsis sporangiophores arise directly from the subtrate, they are simple or branched, and terminated by an umbel of globose, apophysate, fugacious, columellate, and multispored sporangia. Sporangiospores are variously shaped with a granulated wall. Zygospores have a rough zygosporangial wall and more or less equal suspensors; homothallic.

Type species: R. javanicus

Species of Rhizopodopsis:
R. javanicus Boedijn, 1959 (Sydowia 12:332).

Rhizopodopsis is only known from the initial isolate (Boedijn, 1958); O’Donnell (1979) also presented a description of R. javanicus and a copy of Boedijn’s illustration. The taxon is invalid because the type was not indicated after 1 January 1958 as required in Art. 37.1 of the ICBN (Greuter et al., 2000). Neotypes have been designated for Boedijn’s (1958) other monotypic genera, Phascolomyces articulosis, Sporodiniella umbellata, and Utharomyces epallocaulus (Benny and Benjamin, 1976; Evans and Samson, 1977; Kirk and Benny, 1980). Rhizopodopsis javanicus is not known to be in culture.


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Evans, H. C., and R. A. Samson. 1977. Sporodiniella umbellata, an entomogenous fungus of the Mucorales from cocoa farms in Ecuador. Canad. J. Bot. 55:2981-2984.

Greuter, W., J. McNeill, F.M. Barrie, H.M. Burdet, V. Demoulin, T.S. Filgueiras, D.H. Nicolson, P.C. Silva, J.E. Skog, P. Trehane, N.J. Turland, and D.H. Hawksworth (Eds.). 2000. International code of botanical nomenclature (St. Louis code). Reg. veget. 138:1-474.

Kirk, P.M., and G. L. Benny. 1980. The genus Utharomyces Boedijn (Pilobolaceae: Zygomycetes). Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc. 75:123-131.

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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