Mycological Progress

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 795–804 | Cite as

Study in Agaricus section Minores in Pakistan with the description of two new species

  • Shah HussainEmail author
  • Hassan Sher
Original Article


Agaricus section Minores, which belongs to A. subgenus Minores, is the most speciose section in genus Agaricus. Collections from lowland northern Pakistan presumably belonging to this section were included in phylogenetic analyses based on nuclear rDNA sequences of internal transcribed spacer and 28S regions. The analyses revealed that these collections belong to two novel species of A. sect. Minores. Agaricus glabriusculus and Agaricus latiumbonatus are subsequently described in detail and compared to closely related or resembling taxa. This is the first report of A. sect. Minores from Pakistan; with this study, the number of known species of Agaricus in the country increases to 26.


Agaricaceae Diversity Malakand New taxa Taxonomy 



The authors are greatly thankful to Prof. Donald H. Pfister (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA) for facilitating S.H. during this study. We acknowledged Dr. Junaid Khan (University of Swat) and Hira Bashir (University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan) for their help in phylogenetic analyses.

Funding information

Financial support was provided by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan under the International Support Initiative Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Plant Sciences and BiodiversityUniversity of SwatSwatPakistan

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