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Coprophilous ascomycetes in Kenya: Saccobolus species from wildlife dung

Author(s): Mungai PG | Chukeatirote E | Njogu JG | Hyde KD

Journal: Mycosphere
ISSN 2077-7000

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 111;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: African elephant | diversity | moist chambers | national parks | Saccobolus citrinus

The taxonomy, occurrence and distribution of Saccobolus species was investigated from wild herbivore dung types in Kenya. Dung samples incubated in a moist chamber culture were examined for fungi over three months. Seven species, Saccobolus citrinus, S. depauperatus, S. diffusus, S. infestans, S. platensis, S. truncatus and S. versicolor were isolated from African elephant, black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, dikdik, giraffe, hartebeest, hippopotamus, impala, waterbuck and zebra dung. Five taxa, S. citrinus, S. diffusus, S. infestans, S. platensis and S. truncatus, are new records for Kenya. The most common taxa were S. depauperatus and S. citrinus. The diversity of coprophilous Saccobolus species in wildlife dung is very high.
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