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A new Laccaria species from cloud forest of Fortuna, Panama

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A new species of Agaricales, called Laccaria stellata, was collected in a premontane cloud forest in the Fortuna Forest Reserve, Panama, and it is described based on morphological and molecular characteristics. It differs morphologically from all known species of Laccaria by minute, pinkish-orange colored basidiomata, a very thin and translucent pileus, very distant lamellae, 4-spored basidia, and globose basidiospores covered by relatively large echinulae. Molecular rDNA sequence data confirm the separation of this new species from other Laccaria species for which rDNA sequence data are available.

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Acknowledgments

The authors thank O. Cáceres and T. A. Hofmann (Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí) as well as J. Dalling (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) for scientific discussions and logistic support. We are also grateful to M. Hartmann, C. Judith, C. Nesselhauf and M. Ruppel for help with the molecular analysis and SEM. This project received institutional support by the Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí (UNACHI), the National Authority of the Environment (ANAM, Panama), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This study was supported by the LOEWE excellence initiative of the state of Hesse within the framework of the Cluster for Integrative Fungal Research (IPF).

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Popa, F., Jimenéz, S.Y.C., Weisenborn, J. et al. A new Laccaria species from cloud forest of Fortuna, Panama. Mycol Progress 15, 19 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11557-015-1139-7

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