First report on Obelidium megarhizum (Chytridiaceae) from India

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Keywords: Chytridiomycetes, Obelidium , Purified snake skin, Keratinophilic, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary


In the present report, Obelidium megarhizum Willoughby was isolated, described and illustrated based on morphological traits. The species is mainly recognized by the presence of conspicuous sub-apical spine or barb bearing thin-walled sporangium and relatively coarse rhizoidal system. Short description, comments, color photo, and illustration, accompanied by its comparison with other allied taxa of the genus are provided in this paper for this relatively rare species. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first generic record of O. megarhizum outside UK, USA, and Poland.

              , Purified snake skin, Keratinophilic, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary

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The author Manish Kumar Dubey is thankful to the Head and Programme Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Botany, Banaras Hindu University for providing necessary facilities and financial assistance in the form of Junior and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).

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Dubey Manish Kumar
Laboratory of Mycopathology and Microbial Technology, Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India