KIRKOMYCES Benny, 1995 (Mycologia 87:922); 1 sp. (Benny 1995a, 1995b).

Kirkomyces produces mostly simple sporangiophores that arise directly from the substrate and terminate in a columellate, nonapophysate deliquescent walled, multispored sporangium. Smaller multispored, persistent-walled sporangia arise along the sporangiophore that are borne on long, recurved to twisted and contorted pedicels. Zygospores are unknown (Benny, 1995a, 1995b).

Type species: K. cordense

Species of Kirkomyces:
K. cordense (B.S. Mehrotra & B.R. Mehrotra) Benny, 1995 (Mycologia 87:922).

Kirkomyces was originally named Kirkia Benny (Benny, 1995a, 1995b). Kirkomyces is probably only known from a single isolate.


Benny, G.L. 1995a. Kirkomyces, a new name for Kirkia Benny. Mycologia 87:922.

Benny, G.L. 1995b. Observations on Thamnidiaceae. VII. Helicostylum and a new genus Kirkia. Mycologia 87:253-264.

Updated Mar 13, 2005