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Preliminary notes on Pluteus phylogeny

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Pluteus is a cosmopolitan agaric genus that is a saprotroph found typically on xyloid substrates. Few studies have addressed its phylogeny below the generic rank. A review of these phylogenetic studies of Pluteus is offered. Additionally, a primarily morphology-based phylogeny of the genus is produced. The implications of the results as well as the weaknesses of this approach are discussed, especially in regards to subdivisional classifications of Pluteus and character evolution. The congruence of these results with those based on molecular data is discussed. The current widely accepted Pluteus classification scheme is more or less supported, and no changes are proposed here. This study provides a framework and considerations for future analyses utilizing other modern techniques such as DNA-based phylogeny as the presented hypotheses and morphological data may be easily incorporated into such works.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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