New records for anamorphic fungi of Guilan province, Iran

Document Type: Original Article


Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran


This study was carried out to continue identifying unknown and less known anamorphic fungi from Guilan province. Plant materials with fungal signs and symptoms were collected and examined to identify causal agents. Four species viz. Alternariacalendulae (on Calendulaofficinalis), Pseudocercosporasordida(on Campsis sp.), Thedgonia ligustrina (on Ligustrum vulgare) and Zygosporium oscheoides (on decaying leaves of Bilbergia sp., Monsteradeliciosa, and stem of Asparagus sp.) are reported as new to Iranian mycobiota.


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Guilan, a province in the north of Iran, is located along the Caspian Sea between 36º 34' to 38º 27'N latitude and 48º 53' to 50º 34'E longitude. This region is separated from other parts of Iran by the Alborz mountain range. Guilan has a humid temperate and Mediterranean climate with abundant annual rainfall. Maximum rainfall recorded from Guilan province, was 1590.60 mm for the year 2007 (Anonymous 2008). Attention to biodiversity of the fungi of Guilan province has particularly increased in the last decade, so that some records have been provided on this subject and some of them like this project are still in progress (Khodaparast 2006, Khodaparast & Braun 2005, Khodaparast et al. 2008, Hashemi Babaheydari & Khodaparast 2006, Hashemi Babaheydariet al. 2007, Gharizadehet al. 2004a, b, Zahediet al. 2011). Although there are many non-identified taxonomic groups, efforts are taken to increase the information for this region.

This paper follows the previous publications (Khodaparast et al. 2008, 2012, Zahediet al. 2011) on anamorphic fungi from Guilan province, Iran.



Plant materials with fungal signs and symptoms were collected from Rasht (Guilan province) during 2011. Fungal structures were mounted in 50% Lactic acid and examined using a BH2 Olympus microscope equipped with a Sony digital camera (DSC-HX1). Measurements were taken in 50% Lactic acid, based on 20-30 conidiophores, conidia, and other fungal structures. For photography, usually more than one photograph was taken for each specimen and selected photos were merged together and arranged into a single photo for each specimen in Photoshop (Ver. CS3). Identification of taxa is based on the keys and descriptions of Chupp (1954), Crous & Braun (2003), Deighton (1976), Ellis (1971, 1976), Simmons (2007) and Whitton et al.(2003).

All names checked with MycoBank ( and nomenclature follows this online database (Crous et al. 2004). For each species descriptions, photographs of the conidiophores and conidia are provided. All collected specimens are deposited in the fungal collection of the Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, University of Guilan. Reference numbers are presented in parentheses after collector´s name.




In this paper four species including Alternaria calendulae, Pseudocercospora sordida, Thedgonia ligustrina and Zygosporium oscheoides are newly reported from Iran.


Alternaria calendulae Ondrej, 1974, Cas. slezsk. Mus. Opave 23(2):150 (1974)


Early developing spots are water soaked, finally numerous brown to purple circular spots, up to 1 cm, were developed on infected leaves. Conidiophores are simple or in groups, septate, brown, 85–210 × 8–11 µm (Fig 1B). Conidia long ellipsoid to broadly ellipsoid, with one beak extension, light to tawny brown, 70–155 × 20–25 µm, with 8–12 transverse and 1–4 longitudinal septa (Fig 1A). The apical beaks 50–165 µm long and tape from base to apex.

Specimen examined: on Calendula officinalis L., Guilan, Rasht, Feb. 22, 2011, V. Taheriyan (933).


Pseudocercospora sordida (Sacc.) Deighton, Mycological Papers 140: 153 (1976)  


Leaf spot subcircular, irregular to angular, confluent or vein-limited, 2–6 mm diameter, brown, greyish-brown to olivaceous-brown on the lower surface. Fruiting hypogenous, spreading out loosely. Stromata absent or rudimentary. Conidiophores in fascicle, including about 5–15 stalks, emerging through stomata, uniform in colour, conspicuously irregular in width, straight to curved, simple or sometime with 1–2(-3) branches, undulate, geniculate, with 1–9 septa, conidial scars inconspicuous, 25–65 × 4–7µm (Fig 2C). Conidia obclavate, obclavate-subcylindrical to subcylindrical, sometime filiform, subhyaline to pale olivaceous-brown, with two distinct guttule formed around septa, flexible, straight to curved, usually blunt at the apex, basal cell obconic, truncate to subcylindrical, 2–15 septa, very variable in length, 20–165 × 3–5 µm (Fig 2A-B). Specimen examined: on Campsis sp. Guilan, Rasht, Nov. 11, 2011. V. Taheriyan (928).


Thedgonia ligustrina(Boerema) B. Sutton, Trans. Br. Mycol. Soc. 61: 428 (1973)


Leaf spot circular to subcircular, up to 5 mm diameter, pale brown to greyish, with purplish margin. Fruiting amphigenous, mostly hypophyllous, conspicuous, cover whole under side of leaf, with abundant conidia, grey to greyish-brown.

 Conidiophores in more or less dense fascicles, arising from stromata (Fig 3A), simple, rarely branched, subcylindrical, straight to geniculate, aseptate to septate, smooth, light brown to pale yellowish at lower part, becoming pale brown to hyaline toward the apex, 18–75 × 5–7.5 µm, conidiogenous cell sympodial, with unthickened conidial scares (Fig 3B), conidia produced in disarticulating chains, hyaline or very pale olivaceaous-brown, mostly subcylindric, sometimes nearly obclavate and even to irregular, straight to curved, apex rounded, or truncate, with 0–5 septa, truncate at base, 25–84(-120) × 4–6 µm, hila unthickened, inconspicuous, colorless (Fig 3C-D).

Specimen examined: on Ligustrum vulgare, Guilan, Rasht, Nov. 11, 2011. V. Taheriyan (939).




Fig. 1. Alternaria calendulae: A. Conidia and B. Conidiophores, scale bar=50 μm. Specimen examined: on Calendula officinalis L., Guilan, Rasht, Feb. 22, 2011, V. Taheriyan (933).



Fig. 2. Pseudocercospora sordida:A and B. conidia, C. Conidiophores, scale bar=20 μm. Specimen examined: on Campsis sp. Guilan, Rasht, Nov. 11, 2011. V. Taheriyan (928).



Fig. 3. Thedgonialigustrina: A and B. conidiophores, C and D. conidia, scale bars= 20 μm. Specimen examined: on Ligustrum vulgare, Guilan, Rasht, Nov. 11, 2011. V. Taheriyan (939).


Zygosporium oscheoides Mont. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique 17: 121 (1842)


Colony dark on host tissue. Conidia one-celled, nearly oval to ellipsoid, hyaline to pale-brown, smooth to minutely verruculose, 5–12 × 5–8 μm (Fig 4E). Two types of conidiophores have been described for the fungus. Setiform conidiophores pigmented, (-31)37–58(-60) μm long (Fig. 4B), apical cell subhyaline, acute or narrowly clavate (Fig. 4C). Vesicular conidiophores always produced from the side of the setiform conidiophores, 3–4-celled, often curved, dark pigmented (except the first cell that it was hyaline),  12–17 × 5–8 μm (Fig. 4A). Conidiogenous cells 2–3 (mostly 2) per vesicle (Fig. 4D). Based on these data, the fungus was identified as Zygosporium oscheoides Mont. (Ellis 1971; Whitton et al. 2003). Z. oscheoidesis type species and the commonest species of Zygosporium (Ellis 1971) has been reported on many substrates from numerous parts of the world. Species of the genus are saprophyte and were reported from dead or decaying plant parts. Z. gibbum (Sacc. & Bomm.) Hughes is already reported from Iran (Ershad 2009) and Z. oscheoidesis the second species of the genus being reported from Iran.

Specimens examined: on decaying leaves of Bilbergiasp. (940), Monstera deliciosa(936) and stem of Asparagussp. (941), all collected from greenhouse of Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran. 16 Dec. 2011. V. Taherian & S.A. Hashemi.




Fig.4. Zygosporium oscheoides: A.Vesicular conidiophores, B. Setiform conidiophores, C. Clavate apical cell on setiform conidiophores, D. Young conidia producing on vesicular conidiophores, E. Conidia. Scale bar=20 μm.

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