Specimens of animal dung were collected from various areas of the state of Utah. These were cultured by placing a few small pieces in a culture dish over moistened sphagnum moss and filter paper. The cultures were observed periodically and specimens were studied as they matured upon the substratum. A total of eighty-four species representing three orders and fifteen genera are reported. Of these, nine species have not previously been described. Included is one species, Tripterospora erostrata, from the order Plectascales of the Series Plectomyceteae. Cited from the order Sphaeriales of the Series Pyrenomyceteae are forty-nine species as follow: Coniochaeta, two species; Delitschia, nine species; Hypocopra, two species; Pleophragmia, two unnamed species; Sordaria, thirteen species; and Zygospermella, one species. From the order Pezizles of the Series Discomyceteae are reported thirty-four species as follows: Ascobolus, five species, including one unnamed species; Ascophanus, thirteen species; Cheilymenia, four species; Peziza, three species; Lasiobols, two species, one unnamed species; and Saccobolus, five species, two of which are reported for the first time.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hanks, David L., "A study of the Coprophilous Ascomycetes of Utah" (1963). Theses and Dissertations. 8060.
Coprophilous ascomycetes, Utah