- Wijayawardene N.N., Dai D.-Q., Premarathne B.M., Wimalasena M.K., Jayalal R.G.U., Wickramanayake K.D., Dangalla H., Jayathunga W.H., Brahmanage R.S., Karunarathna S.C., Weerakoon G., Ariyawansa K.G.S.U., Yapa P.N., Madawala S., Nanayakkara C.M., Fan X.-L., Kirk P.M., Zhang G.-Q., Ediriweera A., Bhat D.J., Dawoud T.M., Tibpromma S. & Wijesundara D.S.A.
- 611(1): 1–105
Despite being a biodiversity-rich country, Sri Lanka’s fungal diversity remains largely unexplored. In the 19th century, British
mycologists conducted extensive research, leading to the identification of more than 1,800 fungal taxa, including ascomycetous and basidiomycetous species. However, the majority of these taxa have not been revisited since their initial description,
and molecular evidence is lacking. Moreover, a significant number of fungal taxa have been deemed invalid or illegitimate,
indicating the need for a nomenclatural revision. To address this knowledge gap, this review provides a comprehensive list of
ascomycetous taxa (including both lichen-forming and non-lichenized) that were originally described in Sri Lanka. Names
are listed according to the original names which were included in the protologue. In the cases where species have been transferred to other genera, the current names and new classifications are provided. The typification details, nomenclature status,
and classification are also presented. This checklist will serve as a valuable resource for the future epitypification of old taxa,
as much of the existing information is poorly documented and scattered.
Key words: British mycologists, fungaria, holotype, morphology, voucher specimens.
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