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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Zygomycota
Subdivision: Kickxellomycotina
Order: Harpellales
Lichtw. & Manier (1978)

The Harpellales are an order of fungi classified in the subdivision Kickxellomycotina. Thalli are either unbranched or branched, producing basipetal series of trichospores. Zygospores are biconical. Species in the order are found attached to the gut lining of aquatic larvae of Insecta or (rarely) Isopoda. Harpellales are divided into two families, the Harpellaceae and the Legeriomycetaceae.[1] According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the order contains 38 genera and 200 species.[2] The order was formally described in 1978 Mycotaxon publication.[3]

Species include Allantomyces zopilotei, Bojamyces olmecensis, Gauthieromyces viviparus and Graminella ophiuroidea.[4]


  1. ^ "Zygomycota". Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8.
  3. ^ Lichtwardt RW, Manier J-F (1978). "Validation of the Harpellales and Asellariales". Mycotaxon. 7 (3): 441–42.
  4. ^ Valle LG, White MM, Cafaro MJ (2008). "Harpellales in the digestive tracts of Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera nymphs from Veracruz, Mexico". Mycologia. 100 (1): 149–62. doi:10.3852/mycologia.100.1.149. PMID 18488361.