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Fungal Diversity
Vol. 77 (1), 2016, Pages: 1–316

Taxonomy and phylogeny of dematiaceous coelomycetes

Nalin N. Wijayawardene, Kevin D. Hyde, Dhanushka N. Wanasinghe, Moslem Papizadeh, Ishani D. Goonasekara, Erio CamporesiD. Jayarama Bhat, Eric H. C. McKenzie, Alan J. L. Phillips, Paul Diederich, Kazuaki Tanaka, Wen Jing Li, Narumon Tangthirasunun, Rungtiwa Phookamsak, Dong-Qin Dai

Department of Plant Pathology, Agriculture College, Guizhou University, Guiyang, People’s Republic of China.


Coelomycetous fungi are an artificial taxonomic group which produce conidia inside a cavity i.e. conidiomata. Coelomycetes comprise about, 1000 genera and 7000 species, which can be endophytic, pathogenic or saprobic. Traditional classification of coelomycetes was previously based on morphology, such as the shape of conidiomata and mode of conidiogenesis, while it was treated as a distinct group i.e. Deuteromycotina. Sequence based taxonomic studies has been used to accommodate asexual fungi in a natural classification system, resolve generic boundaries of polyphyletic genera and species complexes, as well as establish asexual-sexual links. Nevertheless, most of genera lack sequence data, thus, morphology based identification is still important when introducing new genera or species. In this paper we illustrate, describe, and provide taxonomic notes for 235 dematiaceous coelomycetous genera, including five new genera viz. ApiculosporaDidymellocamarosporiumMelanocamarosporiumMelnikia and Paulkirkia. Phylogenetic analyses of combined sequence data are provided to show placements of dematiaceous coelomycetes in DothideomycetesLeotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. One-hundred and fifty-two (65 %) of genera have sequence data, thus, their taxonomic placement in a natural classification system, is listed as an outline. However, 83 genera still lack sequence data, hence, they are treated as Ascomycota, genera incertae sedis. In addition, separate analyses are provided where better taxonomic resolution is needed.

Keywords: Asexual fungi, Conidiogenesis, Morphology, Multi-gene analyses.

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