Few identification handbooks appear on Ascomycetes, and many older
manuals, often with outdated nomenclature, are still frequently
used. The publication of this fascicle in the Flora Mycologica Iberica
series is therefore to be applauded.
The volume is fully bilingual, giving the same information both in
Spanish and English. This no doubt will add to the user-friendliness
of the series.
The treatment is modern, with concise descriptions, keys to all taxa
treated and line drawings of Iberian material of all studied
species. The book treats all bitunicate pyrenocarps with muriform
ascospores known from Spain and Portugal, with the exception of the
lichenized ones and some non-lichenized relatives like Requienella
seminuda. The species concepts of Barr are generally followed and
relatively narrow generic concepts as proposed by e.g. Crivelli are
applied. No taxonomic novelties are published.
Pyrenocarpous ascomycetes tend to be widespread as a result of their
tiny but rather resistant diaspores, and most genera and even species
treated here from the Iberian peninsula are also known from other
areas in mediterranean Europe and Asia or even from the temperate
regions worldwide. Therefore this treatment is of great value to
students and specialists identifying Dothideales from virtually all
over the world.
ANDRÉ APTROOT, Utrecht
Nova Hedwigia vol. 79/3-4