Predaceous Phycomycetes from Cotswold Leaf-Mould


DRECHSLER1 has described in America more than a dozen species of Phycomycetes parasitic on nema-todes and terricolous amœbæ. These he places in the Zoopagaceæ, a family of uncertain taxonomy, related to the Mucorales. To the best of my belief, no members of this family have been recorded in Europe, with the possible exception of some organisms described by Penard2 in 1913, and placed by him, probably incorrectly, in the Saprolegniaceæ. It may be of interest, therefore, to record the finding of four species of Zoopagaceæ in plate cultures inoculated with leaf-mould from wooded areas in the Cotswolds.

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    Drechsler, C., Mycologia 27, 6–40; 176–203; 206–215 (1935).

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    Penard, E., Arch. Protistenk., 28, 78–140 (1912–13).

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DUDDINGTON, C. Predaceous Phycomycetes from Cotswold Leaf-Mould. Nature 145, 150–151 (1940).

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