Three Zoopagales from Brackish Water

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THE Zoopagales are a small group of predacious fungi, at times placed in either the Mucorales or the Entomophthorales, but now more generally given ordinal rank. Most species prey on rhizopods (usually amoebæ); a few on eelworms, by adhesion to their rather sparse mycelium. Consequently they are most frequently found where these animals are active. Duddington1 and Dixon2 have recorded several species from compost heaps, decaying wood and moss cushions, and Juniper3 from decaying animal dung, while Peach4 restricted her searches to the aquatic habitats of pond and stream, which produced a remarkably rich flora.

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    Duddington, C. L., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 34, 322 (1951).

  2. 2

    Dixon, S. M., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 35, 144 (1952).

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    Juniper, A. J., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 40, 346 (1957).

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    Peach, M., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 35, 19 (1952).

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    Drechsler, C., Mycologia, 28, 363 (1936).

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    Drechsler, C., Mycologia, 31. 338 (1939).

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JONES, F. Three Zoopagales from Brackish Water. Nature 181, 575–576 (1958) doi:10.1038/181575c0

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