Mycological Progress

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 917–924 | Cite as

Cantharellus sect. Amethystini in Asia

  • Bart Buyck
  • Vladimír AntonínEmail author
  • Dyutiparna Chakraborty
  • Abhishek Baghela
  • Kanad Das
  • Valérie Hofstetter
Original Article


In this contribution on the genus Cantharellus in Asia, C. subvaginatus is described from the Republic of Korea as a close relative to the Chinese C. vaginatus, which is here reported for the first time from India. Both species are here placed in Cantharellus subg. Cantharellus sect. Amethystini, together with the Indian C. pseudoformosus (syn.: C. umbonatus) and the Malayan C. subamethysteus. As such, Asia has suddenly become the continent with the highest diversity for Amethystini. Species delimitation in sect. Amethystini is molecularly supported by a combined phylogenetic analysis of rDNA sequences obtained for LSU and ITS and additionally suggests the existence of a still undescribed species in North America. Character variability is discussed for all known members of Amethystini, including atypical specimens of the North American C. lewisii that are morphologically more reminiscent of the South Korean C. subvaginatus.


Phylogeny New species Morphology nucLSU ITS 



The collecting trips of V. Antonín to the Republic of Korea were supported by project FP 0801-2010-01 of the National Institute of Forest Science, Seoul, and his laboratory studies were funded by the Moravian Museum by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic as part of its long-term conceptual development program for research institutions (DKRVO, ref. MK000094862); this author also wishes to thank Kang-Hyeon Ka and Rhim Ryoo (National Institute of Forest Science, Seoul) for collaborating on field excursions and collections. B. Buyck thanks the ‘Service de Systématique moléculaire’ (USM2700) of the Natural History Museum in Paris for assistance with sequencing procedures. D. Chakraborty, A. Baghela and K. Das are grateful to the Director, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata (India) and to the Director, MACS’ Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, India for providing facilities. The first author acknowledges the US Department of the Interior national Park Service for delivering a collecting permit for the Big Thicket National Preserve, the Big Thicket Association (Saratoga, TX) is acknowledged for funding the collecting trip to the BTNP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bart Buyck
    • 1
  • Vladimír Antonín
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dyutiparna Chakraborty
    • 3
  • Abhishek Baghela
    • 4
  • Kanad Das
    • 3
  • Valérie Hofstetter
    • 5
  1. 1.Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Sorbonne Université, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, Case Postale 39, UMR 7205 CNRS MNHN UPMC EPHEParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of BotanyMoravian MuseumBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Cryptogamic Unit, Botanical Survey of IndiaHowrahIndia
  4. 4.Biodiversity and Palaeobiology Group, National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI)MACS’ Agharkar Research InstitutePuneIndia
  5. 5.Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil Research Station, ACW, Department of plant protectionNyonSwitzerland

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