GONGRONELLA Ribaldi, 1952 (Rivista Biol. Gen. 44:164); 2 spp. (Hesseltine and Ellis, 1961, 1964).

Sporangia globose, wall deliquescent or breaking, borne on straight to curved sporangiophores. Columella more or less globose, forming a distinct, globose apophysis. Stolons and rhizoids not well developed. Zygospores with dark, ornamented zygosporangia, suspensors opposed, without appendages.

Type species: G. butleri

Species of Gongronella:
G. butlerii (Lendner) Peyronel & Dal Vesco, 1955 (Allionia 2:370).
G. lacrispora Hesseltine & Ellis, 1961 (Mycologia 53:411).

Hesseltine and Ellis (1961, 1964) and Upadhyay (1969) described both Gongronella species. Gongronella spp. can be isolated from soil. Gongronella is considered a synonym of Absidia by Mil’ko (1970).


Hesseltine, C.W., and J. J. Ellis. 196l. Notes on Mucorales, especially Absidia. Mycologia 53:406-426.

Hesseltine, C.W., and J. J. Ellis. 1964. The genus Absidia: Gongronella and cylindrical-spored species of Absidia. Mycologia 56:568-601.

Mil’ko, A.A. 1970. Genus Absidia van Tieghem (Mucorales). Nov. Syst. Plant. non Vascul. 7:121-138.

Upadhyay, H.P. 1969. Soil fungi from north-east and north Brazil—VII. The genus Gongronella. Nova Hedwigia 17:65-73.

Updated Mar 14, 2005