Tolypocladium bacillisporum (Ophiocordycipitaceae): A new parasite of Elaphomyces from Japan

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Yamamoto K, Sugawa G, Takeda K, Degawa Y (2022) Truffology 5(1): 15–21
Submitted: 25 February 2022
Accepted: 24 March 2022
Published: 31 March 2022

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The genus Tolypocladium (Ophiocordycipitaceae) includes species that are parasitic on the truffle-like ascomycete Elaphomyces. In addition to the 16 known species of mycoparasitic Tolypocladium from Japan, at least 19 undescribed species have been recorded from there. One of these species, called in Japan as “Shiroashi-hime-hanayasuri-take”, is a parasite of the Elaphomyces sect. Ceratogaster, and has been collected from Hokkaido, Japan. We found a new locality for this species in Miyagi Prefecture, and conducted morphological observations, isolation, and molecular phylogenetic analyses of the specimens from Japan. The part-spore shape of this species was different from that of T. jezoense, a macromorphologically similar species and the phylogenies strongly indicated that “Shiroashi-hime-hanayasuri-take” is an independent species. Accordingly, this undescribed species is herein proposed as a new species, T. bacillisporum


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