Descriptive Terminology of the Conidiogenous Structures in Aspergillus and Penicillium

  • David W. Minter
  • David L. Hawksworth
  • Agnes H. S. Onions
  • Zofia Kozakiewicz
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The special descriptive terms used for conidiogenous structures in Aspergillus and Penicillium are examined. Terms such as ‘metula’, ramulus’, ‘sterigma’, ‘vesicle’, ‘stipe’ and ‘foot cell’ are considered misleading, confusing and unnecessary. They should be discarded and replaced by the more accurate descriptive terms currently applied throughout the rest of the Hyphomycetes. A simplified general system recommended for adoption in these genera is illustrated diagrammatically.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Minter
    • 1
  • David L. Hawksworth
    • 1
  • Agnes H. S. Onions
    • 1
  • Zofia Kozakiewicz
    • 1
  1. 1.Commonwealth Mycological InstituteKew, SurreyUK

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