Mycological Progress

, 8:29 | Cite as

Lophodermium pini-mugonis sp. nov. on needles of Pinus mugo from the Alps based on morphological and molecular data

  • Cheng-Lin Hou
  • Li Li
  • Meike Piepenbring
Original Article


Lophodermium pini-mugonis, collected on needles of Pinus mugo from German Alps, is described as a species new to science. It is characterized by subcuticular ascomata with a wrinkled surface and a somewhat untidy outline, a complex structure of lip cells, and ellipsoidal conidia. An analysis of the internal transcribed spaces of rDNA showed that Lophodermium pini-mugonis is, sister to Lophodermium autumnale and distantly related to other Lophodermium species on pines. The hypothesis of cospeciation of Lophodermium species with members of the Pinaceae is discussed.


Cospeciation ITS Rhytismatales Taxonomy 



We are grateful to R. Kirschner for critically reviewing the manuscript. The study was supported by the NSFC (No. 30770006), the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (No. 5072005), and a project of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (No. KM 200710028011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Life ScienceCapital Normal UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.Escuela de BiologíaUniversidad Autónoma de ChiriquíDavid, ChiriquíPanamá

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