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New lichenicolous fungi growing on Cladia in New Zealand

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 November 2015

Mikhail P. Zhurbenko
Laboratory of the Systematics and Geography of Fungi, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Popov 2, St.-Petersburg, 197376, Russia. Email:
Raquel Pino-Bodas
Botanical Museum, Finnish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 7, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


The lichenicolous fungi Endococcus cladiae Zhurb. & Pino-Bodas, Lichenopeltella soiliae Zhurb. & Pino-Bodas and Lichenosticta hoegnabbae Zhurb. & Pino-Bodas are described as new to science from New Zealand growing on podetia of Cladia species. In addition to their host selection, Endococcus cladiae is distinguished by its ascospore size, (9·9–)11·5–14·1(–15·7) × (2·7–)3·1–3·9(–4·6) μm, Lichenopeltella soiliae by ascomata without ostiolar setae and production of 4-spored asci and 1-septate ascospore, occasionally with three pairs of setulae, and Lichenosticta hoegnabbae by comparatively long, bacilliform to fusiform conidia, (7·8–)9·1–10·9(–12·6) × (1·9–)2·1–2·3(–2·7) μm. Niesslia cladoniicola is reported for the first time from Australasia on C. aggregata in New Zealand. A key to the lichenicolous fungi growing on Cladia is provided.

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