Fungal Diversity

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 165–179 | Cite as

Lepidostromatales, a new order of lichenized fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes), with two new genera, Ertzia and Sulzbacheromyces, and one new species, Lepidostroma winklerianum

  • Brendan P. Hodkinson
  • Bibiana Moncada
  • Robert Lücking


We present a revised molecular phylogeny of higher Basidiomycota focusing on Lepidostromataceae based on the large subunit (28S) of the nuclear ribosomal rDNA (nuLSU), with additionl data from the translation elongation factor 1 alpha 1 (TEF1) and the RNA polymerase II second largest subunit (RPB2) genes. Our results suggest that Lepidostromataceae is best recognized in a separate order, Lepidostromatales ordo novum, within subclass Agaricomycetidae. Furthermore, the internal topology of Lepidostromataceae, correlating with thallus features, indicates that three genera, instead of a single genus, should be recognized. We therefore introduce the genera Ertzia genus novum and Sulzbacheromyces genus novum for Lepidostroma akagerae and L. caatingae, respectively. In addition, the new species L. winklerianum spec. nova is described for Mexican material previously identified as L. calocerum. The photobionts of Sulzbacheromyces and Lepidostroma were identified using molecular data of the large subunit of the ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (rbcL) gene, revealing a possibly undescribed genus in Trebouxiophyceae and the first report of lichenization for the genus Bracteacoccus in Chlorophyceae.


Agaricales Amylocorticiales Atheliales Auriculariales BLAST Boletales Dictyonema Diplosphaera Gloeophyllales Lichenomphalia Marchandiomphalina Multiclavula 



Funding was provided to BPH through an Explorers Club Diversa Award, a Duke University Graduate International Research Travel Award, an American Bryological & Lichenological Society Student Travel Award, and a Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research. Partial financial support for RL was provided by grant DEB 0841405 from the National Science Foundation to George Mason University: “Phylogenetic Diversity of Mycobionts and Photobionts in the Cyanolichen Genus Dictyonema, with Emphasis on the Neotropics and the Galapagos Islands” (PI: J. Lawrey; Co-PIs: R. Lücking, P. Gillevet). Molecular sequence work by BM was partially supported by grant DEB 715660 from the National Science Foundation to The Field Museum: "Neotropical Epiphytic Microlichens–An Innovative Inventory of a Highly Diverse yet Little Known Group of Symbiotic Organisms" (PI R. Lücking).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brendan P. Hodkinson
    • 1
  • Bibiana Moncada
    • 2
  • Robert Lücking
    • 3
  1. 1.Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Licenciatura en BiologíaUniversidad Distrital Francisco José de CaldasHerbarioColombia
  3. 3.Science & EducationIntegrative Research Center & Collections Center, The Field MuseumChicagoUSA

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