Saprophytic fossil fungi from the Early Cretaceous sediments of the Rajmahal Hills, Jharkhand, India


  • B.D. Sharma Kath Mandi, Narnaul 123001, India
  • D.R. Bohra 4B/7, Partap Nagar, Jodhpur 342001, India
  • O.P. Suthar Botany Department, Govt. Girls College, Balotra 344022, India
  • R. Harsh Botany Department, M.S. Govt. Girls College, Bikaner 334001, India



Saprophytic fossil fungi, Pentoxylon, Araucarites, Early Cretaceous, Rajmahal Hills, India


Occurrence of two kinds of fossil fungi in forms of non–septate (coenocytic) and septate mycelia and unicellular spores (conidia) in thin sections of silicified cherts of Nipania and Sonajori localities in the Rajmahal Hills, Jharkhand are described. In the former locality mycelia and hyphae are non–septate, conidia numerous and nucleated on the ‘bark’ of the Pentoxylon stem while in the latter (Sonajori) mycelia and hyphae are septate with only few conidia in the integument of an ovule of Araucarites mittrii. There is no earlier record of saprophytic fossil fungi from the Rajmahal Hills.


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How to Cite

Sharma, B., Bohra, D., Suthar, O., & Harsh, R. (2017). Saprophytic fossil fungi from the Early Cretaceous sediments of the Rajmahal Hills, Jharkhand, India. Journal of Palaeosciences, 66((1-2), 217–222.



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