Diabolocovidia Crous, in Crous et al., Persoonia 44: 331 (2020)

Index Fungorum number: IF 835401; MycoBank number: MB 835401; Facesoffungi number: FoF 15029

Etymology — This fungus was described during the coronavirus pandemic, April 2020. Name composed of diabolicus = devilish and covid, referring to COVID-19.

Mycelium consisting of branched, septate, hyaline to pale brown, smooth to finely roughened, hyphae. Conidiophores solitary, erect, flexuous, mostly reduced to a terminal conidiogenous cell. Conidiogenous cells pale brown, smooth, sub-cylindrical to slightly clavate, proliferating via single apical blastic locus, and remaining attached to acropetal chain of conidia that remain attached to one another via narrow isthmus. Conidia brown, thin-walled, smooth, guttulate, granular, ellipsoid to obovoid; conidia remaining attached in chains of propagules, disarticulating at maturity into single propagules or shorter chains.

Type species — Diabolocovidia claustri Crous.