Mycological Progress

, 14:95 | Cite as

Global diversity and taxonomy of the Auricularia auricula-judae complex (Auriculariales, Basidiomycota)

  • Fang Wu
  • Yuan Yuan
  • Shuang-Hui He
  • Asanka R. Bandara
  • Kevin D. Hyde
  • Vera F. Malysheva
  • De-Wei Li
  • Yu-Cheng DaiEmail author
Original Article


Auricularia auricula-judae was previously considered a single species, but was recently demonstrated to be a species complex. The economically important, cultivated Auricularia mushrooms are included in the complex. Two species are cultivated, but have been treated as a single species: A. auricula-judae. Fifty samples of so-called A. auricula-judae from Asia, Europe, and North America were analyzed using morphology and molecular phylogeny. Phylogenetic analyses were carried out by ITS sequence and combined ITS, LSU, and rpb2 sequence, and 16 ITS, 16 LSU, and 16 rpb2 sequences were newly generated. Seven species in the complex were delineated, including three species new to science: Auricularia angiospermarum, A. minutissima, and A. tibetica. Illustrated description of the three new species and discussions in relation to other species are introduced in this paper. Auricularia heimuer is the most extensively cultivated species of Auricularia. Auricularia villosula is also cultivated, but has been named by the mushroom production industry A. heimuer. The size of basidiospores and presence or absence of medulla are important characters for differentiating the species within the complex, and ITS sequence data is a sensitive marker to discriminate species. A synoptic table of comparison of species in the complex is provided including the most important characters of the seven species.


Auriculariaceae Edible mushroom Multi-marker analysis Taxonomy 



The authors are grateful to Drs. Beatriz Ortiz-Santana (Madison, WI, USA), Tsuyoshi Hosoya (TNS, Japan), Michal Tomsovsky (Brno, Czech Republic), Pertii Salo (Helsinki, Finland), Wanda Daley (Auckland, New Zealand), Arne Anderberg (Stockholm, Sweden), Bernard Rivoire (Orlienas, France), J.E. Taylor (UK), and Tie-Zheng Wei (Beijing, China) for loan or donations of specimens. The research was financed by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No. 31372115). The Thailand Research Fund grant for taxonomy, phylogeny and biochemistry of Thai basidiomycetes (BRG 5580009) is thanked for partly supporting this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Wu
    • 1
  • Yuan Yuan
    • 1
  • Shuang-Hui He
    • 1
  • Asanka R. Bandara
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kevin D. Hyde
    • 2
  • Vera F. Malysheva
    • 4
  • De-Wei Li
    • 5
  • Yu-Cheng Dai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyBeijing Forestry UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Centre of Excellence in Fungal ResearchMae Fah Luang UniversityChiang RaiThailand
  3. 3.Thailand School of ScienceMae Fah Luang UniversityChiang RaiThailand
  4. 4.Komarov Botanical Institute RAS Laboratory of Systematics and Geography of FungiSt PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Valley LaboratoryWindsorUSA

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