Mycological Progress

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 973–981 | Cite as

Annabella australiensis gen. & sp. nov. (Helotiales, Cordieritidaceae) from South Australian mangroves

  • Sally C. FryarEmail author
  • Danny Haelewaters
  • David E. A. Catcheside
Original Article


A new genus of helotialean fungi, Annabella gen. nov. (Cordieritidaceae), is described to accommodate Annabella australiensis sp. nov. This species was collected on attached decaying wood of Avicennia marina, a common mangrove species found in protected waters of southern Australia. Annabella is distinctive among Cordieritidaceae in having relatively small perithecioid hyaline to yellowish apothecia and by the absence of an ionomidotic reaction. The apothecial shape and size of Annabella is most similar to Skyttea. The molecular phylogenetic analysis of a concatenated dataset of three ribosomal nuclear loci confirms the placement of Annabella within Cordieritidaceae, as a sister clade to Skyttea.


Ascomycota Australia Marine fungi New taxa Taxonomy 



We would like to thank Gerry Cawson, Toby Cawson, and Ben Cawson for assistance with field collections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Science and EngineeringFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Plant PathologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of South BohemiaČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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