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Licea metallica, a new myxomycete from Laos

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A new sessile species of myxomycete in the genus Licea is described and illustrated. This new species (Licea metallica) appeared in moist chamber cultures on samples of bark collected from two different unidentified trees in Laos. It differs from all other species in the genus in having subglobose iridescent sporocarps with both a pale apical disc of refuse material and a cylindrical mound of refuse material at the base. The spores are reddish brown, totally smooth and characterized by a spore wall with a thinner area that takes up almost half the spore diameter. Micrographs of these and other relevant features of the new species are presented.
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Keywords: EUMYCETOZOANS; LICEALES; SOUTHEAST ASIA; TAXONOMY; TROPICAL RAINFORESTS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2017

This article was made available online on May 24, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "<i>Licea metallica</i>, a new myxomycete from Laos".

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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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