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 Vegetative hyphae: indistinct or composed of a few brownish hyphae of 4-5 µm in diam.; Pseudothecia: black, globose, semi-immersed, 50-100 µm high and 50-100 µm wide; wall: upper part dark brown, lower part hyaline; hamathecium: with pseudoparaphyses of type a; asci: clavate to saccate, 30-40 x 10-15 µm, 8-spored, with an ocular chamber; endoascus: I- and KI-, BCr-; ascospores: hyaline, 1-septate, constricted at the septa, upper cell slightly thicker than lower one, ellipsoid, (8-)10-12 x 4-5(-5.5) µm; walls: smooth, thin, BCr-; Pycnidia: not seen.; Hosts: on thallus of Acarospora subg. Phaeothallia species, mainly on Acarospora fuscata; World distribution: Europe, Africa (South Africa), and North America (U.S.A. and Mexico); Sonoran distribution: in Arizona, Sonora and Baja California.; Notes: Stigmidium fuscatae was often used in a wide sense including S. epixanthum. Hafellner et al. (2002) proposed using this name only for the small spored taxon on Acarospora subgen. Phaeothallia, with mostly semi-immersed perithecia of small size. Therefore the specimens cited by Triebel et al. (1991) as S. fuscatae growing on Acarospora schleicheri all belong to S. epixanthum. 

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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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