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Remarks (internal):This genus was first described by Morgan (1892) as a puffball that has the peridium of a Lycoperdon and the capillitium of a Bovista; it differs from the latter in having a persistent, well developed sterile base.
Lloyd (1902) was of the opinion that the sterile base was not a good character to separate Bovistella from Bovista and proposed to distinguish them by the habit; Bovista being a genus which at maturity breaks away from the point of attachment, whereas in Bovistella the fungus remains attached as is the case in Lycoperdon. In a later paper (1905), he emended Bovistella by including all species that show the combined characters of possessing a rooting base and having pedicellate spores, and in 1906 he included in the genus all species having a rooting base and either pedicellate spores or a capillitium of the Bovista type.
Cunningham (1944) rejected the genus on the grounds that some species examined by him could be placed under Bovista as well as under Bovistella, since specimens in the same collection may or may not possess a rooting base. According to him all species of Bovistella should be placed in the genus Bovista; Bottomley (1948) in his study of the Gasteromycetes of South Africa was of the same opinion.
Zeller (1949) distinguished Bovistella by its persistent rooting base, in contrast with the tumbling habit of Bovista; on the other hand, the European workers (Perdeck, 1950; Smarda, 1958) separate both genera in the following manner:
Capillitium Lycoperdon type Lycoperdon
Capillitium Bovista type
Fruiting body with subgleba Bovistella
Fruiting body without subgleba Bovista
 
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Description:Bovistella Morgan
Fructifications epigeal, subglobose to turbinate; surface covered by a dense, floccose, somewhat persistent coating which usually becomes aggregated into slender spines or particles, but may be merely granulose; wall of spore case delicate, opening by an apical pore and collapsing as spores escape; subgleba persistent, cellular, cup-shaped above and definitely limited by a pseudodiaphragm; pseudocolumella absent; capillitium free, short, several times dichotomously branched, the main stem thicker than the diameter of the spores, the branches tapering; spores globose to oval, smooth or echinulate, with a thin hyaline envelope.
 
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