perithecium


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Related to perithecium: apothecium, ascus, cleistothecium, Pseudothecium

per·i·the·ci·um

, pl.

per·i·the·ci·a

(per'i-thē'sē-ŭm, -sē-ă),
In fungi, a flask-shaped ascocarp, one of the many shapes of structures that bear asci and ascospores; useful as an aid in identifying a fungus.
[peri- + G. thēkē, flask]

perithecium

(pĕr′ə-thē′shē-əm, -sē-əm)
n. pl. perithe·cia (-shē-ə, -sē-ə)
A small flask-shaped fruiting body in certain ascomycetous fungi that contains the ascospores.

per′i·the′ci·al (-shē-əl, -sē-əl) adj.

perithecium

a type of fruiting body found in fungi of the ASCOMYCOTA, containing numerous asci (see ASCUS).
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According Benjamin the characteristics of the perithecial wall, the evanescent asci and light-colored spores, the appendages surrounding the ostiole of the perithecium, and the manner in which the ascospores are discharged in the form of an elongate cirrus suggest a relationsship to the genus Chaetomium.
Fruiting bodies: Stromata brick-red at maturity, eventually turning brownish-black to black with age; hemispherical, 3-7 mm across, confluent forming extensive lobed crusts; surface papillate with protruding tips of perithecia but ostiolar necks do not extend beyond the crust of the stroma; ostioles breaking exposing pore into perithecium.