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Stemonitis fusca.jpg
S. fusca or similar species in the White Mountain National Forest
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Amoebozoa
Phylum: Mycetozoa
Class: Myxogastria
Order: Stemonitida
Family: Stemonitidae
Genus: Stemonitis
Gled. [1]
Type species
Stemonitis fusca
Roth in Roemer & Usteri (1787) [1]

Stemonitis is a distinctive genus of slime moulds found throughout the world (except Antarctica). They are characterised by the tall brown sporangia, supported on slender stalks, which grow in clusters on rotting wood.[2] The genus was first described by German botanist Johann Gottlieb Gleditsch in 1753. A 2014 estimate suggests that there are 18 species in the genus.[3] Identification within the genus is difficult, and can only be performed with confidence using a microscope.


The following species are accepted by Species Fungorum:[4]


  1. ^ a b "Genus Record Details: Stemonitis Gled., Method. Fung.: 140 (1753)". Species Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gary Emberger (2008). "Stemonitis sp.". Messiah College. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Doğan HH, Eroğlu G. (2014). "A new Stemonitis species from Turkey". Mycotaxon 129 (2): 293–296. doi:10.5248/129.293. 
  4. ^ "Stemonitis". Species Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Stemonitis at Wikimedia Commons