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Open Access A review of Hyphodiscaceae

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In a recently published classification scheme for Leotiomycetes, the new family Hyphodiscaceae was erected; unfortunately, this study was rife with phylogenetic misinterpretations and hampered by a poor understanding of this group of fungi. This manifested in the form of an undiagnostic familial description, an erroneous familial circumscription, and the redescription of the type species of an included genus as a new species in a different genus. The present work corrects these errors by incorporating new molecular data from this group into phylogenetic analyses and examining the morphological features of the included taxa. An emended description of Hyphodiscaceae is provided, notes and descriptions of the included genera are supplied, and keys to genera and species in Hyphodiscaceae are supplied. Microscypha cajaniensis is combined in Hyphodiscus, and Scolecolachnum nigricans is a taxonomic synonym of Fuscolachnum pteridis. Future work in this family should focus on increasing phylogenetic sampling outside of Eurasia and better characterising described species to help resolve outstanding issues.


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Affiliations: 1: Farlow Herbarium and Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA 2: Blaihofstr. 42, 72074 T??bingen, Germany 3: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland 1072, New Zealand 4: Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, J. Liivi St. 2, 50409, Tartu, Estonia 5: Department of Botany, National Museum of Nature and Science, 4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0005, Japan 6: Departamento de Tecnología Médica, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Tarapacá, Sede Iquique, Av. Luis Emilio Recabarren 2477, Iquique, Chile 7: Department of Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden 8: 0Sweelinck 78, 5831KT Boxmeer, Netherlands 9: José Cueto 3, 5° B Avilés, Asturias 10: Haut du Village, 42345 La Chaux-des-Breuleux, Switzerland 11: Herbarium, Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland

Publication date: December 1, 2022

This article was made available online on December 12, 2022 as a Fast Track article with title: "A review of Hyphodiscaceae".

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  • Studies in Mycology is an international journal which publishes systematic monographs of filamentous fungi and yeasts, and special topical issues related to all fields of mycology, biotechnology, ecology, molecular biology, pathology and systematics. The journal is Open-Access and contains monographs or topical issues (5–6 papers per issue). There are no restrictions of length, although it is generally expected that manuscripts should be at least 50 A4 pages in print.
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