Fungal Diversity

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 281–298

Molecular evidence for novel Cantharellus (Cantharellales, Basidiomycota) from tropical African miombo woodland and a key to all tropical African chanterelles

  • Bart Buyck
  • Frank Kauff
  • Corinne Cruaud
  • Valérie Hofstetter


The authors present a combined morphological and molecular approach of the genus Cantharellus in Africa. Morphological descriptions and detailed illustrations are provided for five new species from the Zambezian savannah woodlands in tropical Africa: C. afrocibarius, C. gracilis, C. humidicolus, C. miomboensis and C. tanzanicus. A maximum likelihood analysis of tef-1 sequences obtained for 83 collections of Cantharellus that are representative of all major groups in world wide Cantharellus, places a total of 13 African chanterelles, including the five newly described taxa. The recognition of a separate genus Afrocantharellus is rejected. An identification key based on the re-examination of all existing type material is provided for all presently known African Cantharellus.


Afrocantharellus Biodiversity Guineocongolian rain forest Identification key Phylogeny Tanzania Zambezian woodlands 

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© Mushroom Research Foundation 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bart Buyck
    • 1
  • Frank Kauff
    • 2
  • Corinne Cruaud
    • 3
  • Valérie Hofstetter
    • 4
  1. 1.Département Systématique et évolution, UMR7205Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParisFrance
  2. 2.Fachbereich Biologie, Abt. Molekulare PhylogenetikTechnische Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  3. 3.Centre national de séquençageGenoscopeEvry cedexFrance
  4. 4.Department of plant protectionAgroscope Changins-Wädenswil Research Station ACWNyonSwitzerland

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