, Volume 148, Issue 3, pp 141-147

First online:

Capnodium citri: The sooty mold fungi comprising the taxon concept

  • Don R. ReynoldsAffiliated withResearch and Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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The common use of the name Capnodium citri to represent several species of sooty mold fungi is reviewed. Analysis of sooty mold specimens from Citrus in Florida found the species Antennariella californica and Chaetobolisia falcata with spherical fruitbodies and Caldariomyces fumago and Polychaeton citri with elongate fruitbodies. It is recommended that use of the name Capnodium citri for sooty mold on Citrus and ornamental plants is to be avoided because of its use for a number of species and on nomenclatural grounds.

ascomycetes Citrus Capnodium sooty mold