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Translucidithyrium thailandicum gen. et sp. nov.: a new genus in Phaeothecoidiellaceae

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A sooty blotch and flyspeck fungus with semi-transparent ascomata was discovered in northern Thailand. Its multi-loculate-like ascomata arrangement is similar to species of Lecideopsella (Schizothyriaceae), but ascomata lack a network-like arrangement. The new genus also has ascospores with appendages at both ends. Maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference analyses of a combined ITS and partial LSU sequence dataset revealed that this new taxon is a member of the family Phaeothecoidiellaceae, but it is distinct from any other genera. Therefore, Translucidithyrium thailandicum gen. et sp. nov. is introduced here with descriptions and illustrations. The discovery of this new genus with sexual characters in Capnodiales will make contributions to the further understanding of sooty blotch and flyspeck fungal group.

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Xiang-Yu Zeng would like to thank Shaun Pennycook for the suggestion of the Latin diagnosis of the new genus name, and Rungtiwa Phookamsak for advice on the new species.

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This study was supported by the Science and Technology Foundation of Guizhou Province (no. [2012]3173).

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Zeng, XY., Hongsanan, S., Hyde, K.D. et al. Translucidithyrium thailandicum gen. et sp. nov.: a new genus in Phaeothecoidiellaceae. Mycol Progress 17, 1087–1096 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11557-018-1419-0

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