Bryol. Europ.1: 157. 1847 ,
North America, Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia.
Species 7 (3 in the flora).
Dicranodontium can be confused with Campylopus but difffers primarily in two features: (1) the rhizoids, in addition to being on both surfaces of the costa in the two genera, are scattered along the stems or present at branch bases in Dicranodontium while they are only at the branch bases and branch primordia in Campylopus; and (2) Campylopus usually has ridges or low lamellae on the abaxial surface of the costa near the leaf middle while the costa in the mid-leaf region of Dicranodontium is smooth. Dicranodontium rarely produces perichaetia and perigonia so sporophytes are extremely rare in North America.
|1||Leaf bases spreading from stem at ca. 45° or sometimes more when wet, sharply serrulate to serrate at shoulders.||Dicranodontium asperulum|
|1||Leaf bases appressed to spreading from stem at about 30° when wet, entire at shoulders||> 2|
|2||Leaves long, often 8 mm or more, not auriculate; costa distinct.||Dicranodontium uncinatum|
|2||Leaves short, seldom reaching 8 mm, auriculate; costa indistinct.||Dicranodontium denudatum|
|Author||Robert R. Ireland Jr. +|
|Etymology||Greek dicranon, pitchfork, and odon, tooth, alluding to forked peristome teeth +|
|Illustrator||Patricia M. Eckel +|
|Reference||frahm1997a + and ireland1989a +|
|Taxon name||Dicranodontium +|
|Taxon parent||Dicranaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 27 +|