Echinocatena R. Campb. & B. Sutton, Trans. Br. mycol. Soc. 69(1): 126 (1977).

MycoBank number: MB 8121; Index Fungorum number: IF 8121; Facesoffungi number: FoF 09212; –1 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 1 species with molecular data.

Type species: Echinocatena arthrinioides R. Campb. & B. Sutton, Trans. Br. mycol. Soc. 69(1): 130 (1977).

Notes: The genus is characterized by micronematous and mononematous conidiophores, consisting of branched, acropetal chains of polyblastic conidiogenous cells, with solitary, sphaerical, brown, aseptate, echinulate conidia (Campbell and Sutton 1977). Crous et al. (2018b) included this genus in Sympoventuriaceae based on the sequence data of type species (Echinocatena arthrinioides). Its polyblastic conidiogenous cells and straight and flexuous conidiophores are reminiscent of the Venturiales (Shen et al. 2020). Therefore, we accept this genus in Sympoventuriaceae and note that more sequence data is needed to resolve its taxonomic placement.


  • Echinocatena arthrinioides