Zygospores globose to subglobose, compressed between suspensors, with coarse projections. Sporophores hyaline, becoming pale brown with age, simple, sometimes branched, erect, curved below the sporangium. Sporangia spherical, initially white-yellowish, turning light to dark brown or black when mature; wall persistent, covered with spines, separating at maturity into two equal halves; columellae obvoid to globose, with a distinct basal collar. Sporangiospores variable in shape, mainly ellipsoid, hyaline, smooth, one-celled, with hyaline filiform appendages at both ends.
Gilbertella persicaria is a fast growing zygomycete known mainly as a postharvest rot fungus, but is frequently isolated from soil and dung.
In Brazil, this fungus was first reported from soil samples in Rio de Janerio State and later it was reported from tapir, donkey and elk dung in Pernambuco, and also causing fruit rot of Syzygium cumuni in Paraíba.