Czech Mycology 70(2): 101–121             Article published online: 19th August, 2018 doi: 10.33585/cmy.70201


Microscopic fungi on cadavers and skeletons from cave and mine environments

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During long-term studies of microscopic fungi in 80 European caves and mine environments many cadavers and skeletons of animals inhabiting these environments and various animal visitors were found, some of them with visible microfungal growth. Direct isolation, the dilution plate method and various types of isolation media were used. The resulting spectrum of isolated fungi is presented and compared with records about their previous isolation. Compared to former studies focused mainly on bat mycobiota, this paper contributes to a wider knowledge of fungal assemblages colonising various animal bodies in underground environments.The most interesting findings include ascocarps of Acaulium caviariforme found abundant on mammals cadavers, while Botryosporium longibrachiatum isolated from frogs, Chaetocladium jonesiae from bats and Penicillium vulpinum from spiders represent the first records of these species from cadavers or skeletons.

Keywords:     European caves, abandoned mines, dead bodies, bones, mammals, frogs, spiders, isopods, micromycetes

Article history: received 11 May 2018, revised 17 June 2018, accepted 20 June 2018, published online 19 August 2018

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Nováková A., Kubátová A., Sklenář F., Hubka V. (2018): Microscopic fungi on cadavers and skeletons from cave and mine environments – Czech Mycology 70(2): 101–121. copy to clipboard

doi: 10.33585/cmy.70201

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