Authors: Schnittler, Martin & Novozhilov, Yuri & Stephenson, Steven L.
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 40 (2000), Issue 1-2, pages 159-166.
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Key words: myxomycetes, Barbeyella minutissima, morphology, scanning electron microscopy, sporocarp development
Abstract: The minute myxomycete Barbeyella minutissima Meyl. was studied with scanning electron microscopy. Comparison of the morphological features of Barbeyella minutissima with those of Echinostelium arboreum H.W. Keller & T.E. Brooks provides evidence for a systematic position close to the genus Echinostelium. Observation of developing sporocarps under dissecting as well as compound microscopes indicated an epihypothallic pattern of development, which suggests a systematic position for B. minutissima that is intermediate between the Echinosteliales and the Stemonitales.