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Open Access A new species of bird's nest fungi: characterisation of Cyathus subglobisporus sp. nov. based on morphological and molecular data

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Abstract:

Recent collections of bird's nest fungi (i.e. Crucibulum, Cyathus, Mycocalia, Nidula, and Nidularia species) in northern Thailand resulted in the discovery of a new species of Cyathus, herein described as C. subglobisporus. This species is distinct by a combination of ivory-coloured fruiting bodies covered with shaggy hairs, plications on the inner surface of the peridium and subglobose basidiospores. Phylogenetic analyses based on ITS and LSU ribosomal DNA sequences using neighbour-joining, maximum likelihood and weighted maximum parsimony support Cyathus subglobisporus as a distinct species and sister to a clade containing C. annulatus, C. renweii and C. stercoreus in the Striatum group.

Keywords: BIRD'S NEST FUNGI; GASTEROMYCETES; NEW SPECIES; PHYLOGENY; RDNA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3767/003158508X370578

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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