Hypomycetes play a predominant role in forest litter degradation and there is a successional pattern of fungal flora. The primary colonizers on forest litter were mostly saprophytes. The secondary colonizers were those fungi with the ability to utilize lignin and cellulose for growth. In present study forests the role of Alternaria sp, Aspergillus niger, Cladosporium sp, Curvularia lunata, Fusarium solani, Mucor racemosus, Nigrospora spherical, Penicillium sp, Phoma sp and Trichoderma koningii are considered to be indispensable in litter degradation due to their high level of occurrence and greater survivability during the final stages of decomposition.
Pitchairamu, C.; Venkatesan, S.; and Muthuchelian, K.
"Litter Fungi Diversity in Piranmalai Forest, Eastern Ghats, Tamilnadu, India,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 103.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/103