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Astraeus macedonicus - New Species from Macedonia

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM

A new species of fungi has been described from Macedonia, named after the country where it has been collected - Astraeus macedonicus, by Rusevska, Karadelev, Telleria & M.P. Martín. The research article has been published in Persoonia, volume 42, 2019 (Fungal Planet Description Sheets: 868–950, page 380). The notes section within the paper reads as follows:

''Astraeus macedonicus is known from deciduous forests in four Macedonian localities (the mountains located in the west, north, south and east part of the country). Morphologically, this species is very similar to A. hygrometricus, A. pteridis and A. telleriae, not only in its habitat but also in its microscopic characters, such as capillitium and spores; therefore all records (collected up to 2007) were previously published as A. hygrometricus (Karadelev et al. 2008). However, the Bayesian analyses, based on 53 collections from Macedonia, and a number of published sequences mainly from Phosri et al. (2007, 2013, 2014), Fangfuk et al. (2010) and Ryoo et al. (2017), clearly grouped eight Macedonian collections as a sister clade of Astraeus ryoocheoninii, a species described from Japan and Korea, and separated A. hygrometricus, A. pteridis and A. telleriae.''

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