Mycological Progress

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 775–780 | Cite as

Tomophagus cattienensis sp. nov., a new Ganodermataceae species from Vietnam: Evidence from morphology and ITS DNA barcodes

  • Xuan Tham Le
  • Quoc Hung Nguyen Le
  • Ngoc Duong Pham
  • Van Hop Duong
  • Bryn T. M. DentingerEmail author
  • Jean-Marc Moncalvo
Original Article


The polypore genus Tomophagus was created to segregate one peculiar species, Ganoderma colossum, from the genus Ganoderma. Recent molecular studies have established the validity of this monotypic genus. Here we report the discovery of a second species of Tomophagus, T. cattienensis sp. nov., from Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam, a lowland forest that has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Recognition of this new species is based on combined evidence from morphology, cultural characteristics, and ITS rDNA barcodes. The discovery of this new species may have implications for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds for pharmaceutical use and/or for the pulp industry.


Agaricomycetidae Polyporales Taxonomy Biodiversity 



We thank Dr. Ngo Anh (University of Hue, Vietnam) for providing us with a specimen of T. colossus from Thua Thien Hue. Dr. Bui Thi Luong (National University of Hanoi) and Ms. Leena Rivzi (Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto) produced DNA sequence data. Mycological research at Cat Tien National Park was supported by a grant from the Dong Nai Province Department of Science and Technology to LXT. This work was also supported from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council and Genome Canada for funding the Canadian Barcode of Life Network, and a ROM Fieldwork grant, to JMM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xuan Tham Le
    • 1
  • Quoc Hung Nguyen Le
    • 1
  • Ngoc Duong Pham
    • 2
  • Van Hop Duong
    • 3
  • Bryn T. M. Dentinger
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Jean-Marc Moncalvo
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Nuclear TechniquesVietnam Atomic Energy CommissionHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  2. 2.Cat Tien National ParkDong Nai ProvinceVietnam
  3. 3.Institute for Microorganism and BiotechnologyNational University of HanoiHanoiVietnam
  4. 4.Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, & Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic GardensRichmondUnited Kingdom

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