Mycological Progress

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 575–588 | Cite as

Strobilomyces echinocephalus sp. nov. (Boletales) from south-western China, and a key to the genus Strobilomyces worldwide

  • Matteo Gelardi
  • Alfredo VizziniEmail author
  • Enrico Ercole
  • Samuele Voyron
  • Gang Wu
  • Xing-Zhong Liu
Original Article


Strobilomyces echinocephalus Gelardi & Vizzini sp. nov. is described as a new species, based on collections from Kunming (Yunnan Province, China). Macro-morphological and micro-morphological features, ecological data and analyses of RPB1 and ITS2 sequences support the establishment of this new taxon. Colour pictures of fresh basidiomata in habitat, scanning electron microscope (SEM) micro-photographs of the spores, and a line-drawing displaying the most relevant anatomical characters are provided in this paper. Strobilomyces zangii Gelardi nom. nov. is proposed to replace the name Heimiella nigricans M. Zang. A dichotomous key to the Strobilomyces species at global level is also provided at the end of this work.


Basidiomycota Boletaceae Chinese ectomycorrhizal fungi Phylogeny Taxonomy 



M. Gelardi is grateful to B. Feng and Y.-J. Hao for their assistance in collecting specimens in Yunnan, and Prof. Zhu L. Yang for his hospitality and valuable suggestions. B. Feng is acknowledged for his help in the identification of the Castanopsis species and for providing bibliographical material concerning Chinese Strobilomyces species. Thanks to the State Key Laboratory of Mycology, Institute of Microbiology, and the Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences for inviting MG and for the fieldwork opportunities. A special thanks goes to E. Horak, R. Petersen, G. Simonini, and R. Watling, who also provided very useful bibliography, and whose invaluable comments and suggestions greatly helped to improve the manuscript. Caroline Hobart (Sheffield, U.K.) is thanked for improving the English text. Wu’s participation was supported through a project supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (2008FY110300).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Gelardi
    • 1
  • Alfredo Vizzini
    • 2
    Email author
  • Enrico Ercole
    • 2
  • Samuele Voyron
    • 2
  • Gang Wu
    • 3
  • Xing-Zhong Liu
    • 4
  1. 1.Via Traversa della Selciatella 2BBraccianoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei SistemiUniversità di TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of Sciences KunmingKunmingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Mycology, Institute of MicrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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