Cribraria is a genus of slime molds from the group of Myxogastria. It comprises about 30 species, some of which are extremely difficult to distinguish. [2]

Cribraria argillacea.jpg
Cribraria argillacea
Scientific classification

Pers. (1794)
Type species
Cribraria rufescens
Pers. (1794)


The fruiting bodies are usually pedunculated sporangia, a calyculus may be present or absent. The delicate peridium is reduced to a structure of vertical, thickened threads that are interconnected by extremely fine, translucent transverse threads. [3] In some cases, however, the peridium may also appear like a net, as in Cribraria - species. Mostly dark, clearly visible dictydine granules are found especially close to the ribs of the peridia, the calyculus and the spores. [4]


The genus is distributed worldwide, about two-thirds of the species are, however, [neotropic] ch. Many of their species are common in the respective distribution areas. [4]

Systematics and Research HistoryEdit

The genus was first described in 1794 by Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, type species is Cribraria rufescens . [4]

The genus includes at least 30 species, including: [3]



  1. ^ "Cribraria Pers". Species Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  2. ^ Ishibashi M (2005). "Isolation of bioactive natural products from myxomycetes". Medicinal Chemistry. 1 (6): 575–90. doi:10.2174/157340605774598135. PMID 16787341.
  3. ^ a b Michael J. Dykstra, Harold W. Keller: Mycetozoa In: Illustrated Guide to the Protozoa, John J. Lee, Gordon F. Leedale, Phyllis Bradbury, Society of Protozoologists, 2nd edition, volume 2, pp. 952-981
  4. ^ a b c Marie L. Farr: Myxomycetes, New York Botanical Garden, 1976, pp. 88-89