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Multi-gene phylogenetic analyses reveals Neohelicosporium gen. nov. and five new species of helicosporous hyphomycetes from aquatic habitats

Abstract

Helicosporous hyphomycetes are a morphologically allied group of Tubeufiales. We introduce a new helicosporous genus, Neohelicosporium, with five new species, Neohelicosporium aquaticum, N. guangxiense, N. hyalosporum, N. parvisporum, and N. thailandicum, based on morphological and phylogenetic evidence. The RPB2 protein gene data are provided to analyze their phylogeny in Tubeufiales. Phylogenetic analyses of combined ITS, LSU, RPB2, and TEF1α sequence data from 13 new isolates of Neohelicosporium provided evidence to support the establishment of the new taxa. The morphological characters of Neohelicosporium that differentiate it from other helicosporous species are compared and discussed.

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Acknowledgements

This work was funded by grants of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC grant nos. 31670027, 31460011, and 30870009) and the Thailand Research Fund (project no. TRG5880152). The authors would like to thank Dr. Shaun Pennycook (Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, New Zealand) for advising on the fungal names. J.-K. Liu would like to thank the Science and Technology Foundation of Guizhou Province (LH [2015]7061) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 31600032).

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Lu, YZ., Boonmee, S., Liu, JK. et al. Multi-gene phylogenetic analyses reveals Neohelicosporium gen. nov. and five new species of helicosporous hyphomycetes from aquatic habitats. Mycol Progress 17, 631–646 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11557-017-1366-1

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Keywords

  • Freshwater fungi
  • Phylogeny
  • Taxonomy
  • Tubeufiales
  • Woody substrates