Taitaia, a novel lichenicolous fungus in tropical montane forests in Kenya (East Africa)

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Suija , A , Kaasalainen , U S , Kirika , P & Rikkinen , J K 2018 , ' Taitaia, a novel lichenicolous fungus in tropical montane forests in Kenya (East Africa) ' , Lichenologist , vol. 50 , no. 2 , pp. 173-184 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0024282918000026

Title: Taitaia, a novel lichenicolous fungus in tropical montane forests in Kenya (East Africa)
Author: Suija, Ave; Kaasalainen, Ulla Susanna; Kirika, Paul; Rikkinen, Jouko Kalevi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-03-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Lichenologist
ISSN: 0024-2829
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298260
Abstract: During lichenological explorations of tropical montane forests in Kenya, a remarkable new lichenicolous fungus was repeatedly found growing on thalli of the epiphytic tripartite cyanolichen Crocodia cf. clathrata. Molecular phylogenetic analyses placed the fungus within Gomphillaceae (Ostropales, Lecanoromycetes), a family mainly of lichen-symbiotic species in the tropics. The anatomical features (unitunicate, non-amyloid asci and simple, septate paraphyses) as well as the hemiangiocarpic ascoma development confirm its taxonomic affinity. DNA sequence data showed the closest relationship was with Gyalidea fritzei, followed by Corticifraga peltigerae. A monotypic genus, Taitaia, is introduced to incorporate a single species, T. aurea. The new fungus is characterized by aggregated ascomata with yellow margins and salmon red discs developing from a single base.
Subject: 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
Ascomycota
Corticifraga
Gyalidea
lichen-inhabiting fungi
Taita Hills
taxonomy
PHYLOGENETIC-RELATIONSHIPS
SEQUENCE ALIGNMENT
RIBOSOMAL DNA
ASCOMYCOTA
LICHEN
GOMPHILLACEAE
OSTROPALES
ASTEROTHYRIACEAE
PLACEMENT
PRIMERS
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