Fungal Diversity

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 43–51 | Cite as

Echinochlamydosporium variabile, a new genus and species of Zygomycota from soil nematodes

  • Xianzhi Jiang
  • Hanying Yu
  • Meichun Xiang
  • Xiaoyong Liu
  • Xingzhong LiuEmail author


During a recent survey of fungi colonizing juveniles of the soybean cyst nematode, Heterodera glycines, a fungus producing spiny chlamydospores and monosporous sporangia was isolated. Based on morphology and sequences of the rDNA ITS region and 18S and 28S genes, the fungus greatly resembles some species of Mortierella. Although the new isolate’s spiny chlamydospores and delicate arachnoid-like mycelium are very similar to those of Mortierella, it differs significantly from Mortierella in its overall colony appearance and odour, unispored sporangium with a small columella, chlamydospores born laterally on short hyphae, and especially in its phylogenetic position. A new genus and new species, Echinochlamydosporium variabile, in Mortierellaceae (Mortierellales, Zygomycota) are proposed. A key to the genera of Mortierellaceae is provided.


Mortierellaceae Nematophagous Phylogeny Echinochlamydosporium gen. nov. Taxonomy 



We thank J.Y. Zhuang from the Institute of Microbiology, CAS, for revising the Latin diagnosis. This research was jointly supported by the National Outstanding Youth Foundation (30625001) and the High-Tech Program (2006AA10A211).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xianzhi Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hanying Yu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Meichun Xiang
    • 1
  • Xiaoyong Liu
    • 1
  • Xingzhong Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Systematic Mycology & Lichenology, Institute of MicrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Graduate SchoolChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Petroleum EngineeringDaqing Petroleum InstituteDaqingChina

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