[Taxacom] help from Argentina

Virginia Bianchinotti vbianchi at uns.edu.ar
Fri Mar 6 05:38:51 CST 2009

Hello Taxacomers,

Keith Seifert solved the quiz! Look at his answer below

Thanks to him and to Scott Readhead!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Redhead, Scott" <Scott.Redhead at AGR.GC.CA>
To: "Virginia Bianchinotti" <vbianchi at uns.edu.ar>; 
<taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] help from Argentina

I asked my colleague, Keith Seifert, and he replied as follows:

-----Original Message-----
From: Seifert, Keith
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 4:48 PM
To: Redhead, Scott
Subject: RE: Odd organism in archeological dig in Argentina

Scott, perhaps you can send this message on. I'm not sure how to respond:

I believe the organism illustrated is Harpagomyces lomnicki, and extremely 
obscure organism of unknown affinities (despite the -myces name, it is 
unlikely to be a fungus). Here is the text on this genus from the book I am 
working on about genera of moulds, which includes as far as I know the only 
published reference to the organisms (at least under this name).

Harpagomyces Wilcz. 1911 -- Kosmos (Lvov) 36: 314 (314-316, Figs 1-4) / H. 
lomnickii Wilcz. 1911
Notes: Recorded as a contaminant from culture, the illustration in the 
protologue, of irregularly branched structures with hook-like appendages, 
makes it unlikely that this was a fungus.

I can provide a scan of the publication if required.

If someone else recognizes this organism as something else (like an alga) 
known in other literature, then it might solve a mystery for me also.


Keith A. Seifert
Research Scientist | Chercheur scientifique
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