Sphaeropsis (anamorphic genus)

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Sphaeropsis visci - A) immature asci; B) mature ascus with brown, aseptate ascospores; C–F) brown, aseptate ascospores with apiculi (arrows); G) conidioma formed in culture on a pine needle; H, I) conidia forming on conidiogenous cells between paraphyses (arrows); J) developing conidia; K) paraphyses; L) brown, aseptate mature conidia. Scale bars: A, B = 20 μm, C–F, H–L = 10 μm, G = 50 μm.
Author(s): A.J.L. Phillips, A. Alves, J. Abdollahzadeh, B. Slippers, M.J. Wingfield, J.Z. Groenewald and P.W. Crous
Source: Studies in Mycology, 2013, 76, p.160

Sphaeropsis Sacc. 1880

This genus of ascomycetes contains some plant pathogens which cause fruit rot, canker and dieback diseases. However, the well known pine pathogen Diplodia sapinea for which the name Sphaeropsis sapinea has been used is no longer placed in this genus. The genus is similar to Diplodia, but the species have brown, aseptate conidia.

Type species: Sphaeropsis visci

For a taxonomic review see Phillips et al., 2013.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: