Hypocopra leporina (Niessl) J.C. Krug & N. Lundq. ex Doveri, Bull. Mycol. Bot. Dauphiné-Savoie 48(no. 191): 183 (2008)

Basionym: Coprolepa equorum Fuckel, Jb. nassau. Ver. Naturk. 23–24: 240 (1870) [1869–70]

                 = Hypocopra equorum (Fuckel) G. Winter, Rabenh. Krypt.-Fl., Edn 2 (Leipzig) 1.2: 178 (1885)

Saprobic on dung. Sexual morph: Stromata 100–300 µm diam., immersed to erumpent, dome-shaped, dark brown-black, loosely clustered, slightly roughened, clypeate, presence of brown hyphal mat in which ascomata are embedded, tissue around ascomata white-yellow, delicate. Ostioles papillate, shiny black, and surrounded by white hyphae. Ascomata 150–250 µm diam., globose, immersed in stromal tissue, with a short neck, sometimes reaching the surface. Peridium >30 µm, composed of outermost carbonaceous cell layers, thick-walled, several cell layers. Asci 200–250 × 9–15 µm, 8-spored, unitunicate, cylindrical, short-pedicellate, J+ apical ring bluing in Melzer’s reagent, inverted hat-shaped, with 2–3 distinct rings, 4–6 × 3–5 µm. Ascospores 15–24 × 7–12 lm, uniseriate, unicellular, equilateral ellipsoidal, with narrow to broad ends, dark brown, germ slit straight, less than spore length. Asexual morph: Undetermined.

Material examinedCZECH REPUBLIC, Moravia: Ratschitz, August 1886, Niessl (F10545, isolectotype).

Notes – The species was invalidly published by Krug and Lundqvist (2000), which was later validated by Doveri (2008). We have illustrated the isolectotype of the species housed at S.

Fig. 1. Hypocopra leporina (isolectotype). a Herbarium details. b, c Dome-shaped stromata. d Cross section of stroma showing ascomata encased in stromal tissue. e Apex of ascus. f, g Asci with apical ring bluing in Melzer’s reagent (f) and Lugol solution. h, i Mature asci. j–l Ascospores. m Ascospore showing the germ slit. Scale bars b, d = 100 µm, c = 500 µm, e–g = 10 µm, h–m = 20µm.