Further expansion of morphological variability in the Porinaceae (Ascomycota, Ostropales) with the placement of the enigmatic genus Gallaicolichen

Author:
Lebreton E., Ertz D., Lücking R., Simon A., Smith C. & Sérusiaux E.
Year:
2024
Journal:
The Lichenologist
Pages:
56(2-3): 61-71
Url:
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0024282924000124
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The foliicolous lichen Gallaicolichen pacificus exhibits unique goniocystangia-like structures named peltidiangia and peltidia. Its taxonomic classification within the Ascomycota has been unclear due to the absence of ascomata and lack of molecular data. Here we clarify the phylogenetic affinities of Gallaicolichen pacificus by analyzing mitochondrial small subunit ribosomal RNA (mtSSU) sequences obtained from specimens collected in New Caledonia. Ascomata and ascospores of G. pacificus, previously unknown, are described and illustrated for the first time. The results from the molecular and morphological analyses clearly indicate that Gallaicolichen pacificus belongs to the Porinaceae and is closely related to Porina guianensis. This is a remarkable extension of the already known, wide morphological diversity of thalli and diaspores produced within this family. Australasia, New Caledonia, foliicolous, goniocystangia, lichen, peltidiangia, phylogeny
Id:
36529
Submitter:
jph
Post_time:
Thursday, 06 June 2024 12:55