Mycological Progress

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 561–568 | Cite as

A new pycnidial fungus with clamped hyphae from Central America

Original Article


A fungus forming white gelatinous pycnidia on rotting wood was collected in Panama. The presence of hyphal clamps and dolipores with continuous parenthesomes indicates that the fungus belongs to the Basidiomycota, Agaricomycotina. In a phylogenetic hypothesis inferred from DNA sequence analysis, the species shows a close relationship with members of the Auriculariales. A new genus and species is described in order to accommodate this anamorph, being the first taxon of the Auriculariales to be known which forms pycnidia.


Anamorphic Basidiomycota Costa Rica Tropical fungi 



We are particularly grateful to Liuba Kisimova-Horovitz for allowing us to publish the new taxon based on a later collection and to the directors of the collections of TUB and USJ for trying to find the original specimen from Costa Rica. Gerhard Kost is acknowledged for suggesting the epithet of the new species. Technical assistance was kindly provided by Tanja Trampe in cryotome sectioning, Marion Stöhr and Susanne Münzner in TEM, and Jascha Weisenborn in processing sequencing of the ITS DNA. The Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) is thanked for collection and export permits in Panama and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Kirschner
    • 1
  • I-Shu Lee
    • 1
  • Meike Piepenbring
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesNational Central UniversityJhongli CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Mycology, Institute for Ecology, Evolution and DiversityGoethe UniversityFrankfurtGermany

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