Coronophorales » Bertiaceae


Bertia De Not., G. bot. ital. 1(1): 334 (1844)

Hypocreomycetidae, Coronophorales, Bertiaceae, Bertia

Index Fungorum number: IF551; Facesoffungi number: FoF 01366; 32 morphological species; 9 species with sequence data


Saprobic on wood in freshwater and terrestrial habitats. Sexual morph: Ascomata perithecial, dark brown to black, solitary or gregarious, superficial to erumpent, cupuliform, globose to subglobose, carbonaceous to membranaceous, turbinate or tuberculate or smooth, collabent or collapsing laterally or not collapsing, ostiolate. Peridium thick, Munk pores present or absent, outer layer (pseudoparenchymatous cells) hard, composed of dark tissues, basal part mixed with host cells; inner layer composed of brown to dark brown to hyaline cells of textura angularis. Paraphyses few, inflated, branched. Asci 8-spored, unitunicate, clavate, long pedicellate, apical ring indistinct or absent. Ascospores 2–3-seriate or irregularly arranged, hyaline to brown, cylindrical to fusiform, aseptate to multi-septate, smooth-walled, mostly with guttules. Asexual morph: Undetermined (adapted from Maharachchimbura et al. 2016).


Type species: Bertia moriformis (Tode) De Not., G. bot. ital. 1(1): 335 (1844)


Notes: The type species, Bertia moriformis, is characterized by tuberculate ascomata and clavate asci and brown ascospores (Mugambi & Huhndorf 2010, Maharachchikumbura et al. 2016). In the multi-gene phylogenetic tree in Hyde et al. (2020), Bertia has been revealed to be closely related to members of Nitschkiaceae (Nitschkia, Acanthonitschkea and Fracchiaea) with good support.




Hyde KD, Norphanphoun C, Maharachchikumbura SSN, Bhat DJ et al. 2020 – Refined families of Sordariomycetes. Mycosphere 11, 305–1059.

Maharachchikumbura SSN, Hyde KD, Jones EBG, McKenzie EHC et al. 2016 – Families of Sordariomycetes. Fungal Diversity 79, 1–317.

Mugambi GK, Huhndorf SM. 2010 – Multigene phylogeny of the Coronophorales: morphology and new species in the order.                 Mycologia 102, 185–210.



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