Exserticlava and Cordana species from Taiwan

Exserticlava and Cordana species from Taiwan

Chang-Hsin Kuo1*, Sung-Yuan Hsieh2, and Teik-Khiang Goh1

1 Department of Plant Medicine, National Chiayi University, 300 Syuefu Road, Chiayi City 60004, Taiwan.

2 Bioresource Collection and Research Centre, Food Industry Research and Development Institute, No. 331, Shihpin Road, Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan.

*Email: chkuo@mail.ncyu.edu.tw

In a biodiversity survey of freshwater fungi along the Northern Cross-Island Highway of Taiwan, several species of Exserticlava and Cordana were collected. The present poster illustrates three of them, namely, Exserticlava vasiformis, E. variabilis sp. nov., and Cordana oblonga sp. nov. Species identification was based on morphology and phylogeny. The phylogenetic relationships of represented species from the two genera were inferred by their nuc rDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 (ITS barcode) which supports the placement of Exserticlava in the Chaetosphaeriaceae (Chaetosphaeriales) and Cordana in the Cordanaceae (Cordanales); both genera are distinct taxa in the lineages of freshwater Sordariomycetes. The present study contributed several new sequences of Exserticlava and Cordana to GenBank. 

Key words: Dematiaceous hyphomycetes, freshwater fungi, new species, phylogeny, Sordariomycetes, systematics