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Peltigera shennongjiana, a new cyanolichen from Central China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 December 2019

Liu-Fu HAN
College of Life Science, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang050024, P. R. China
Jing-Yuan YANG
Shennongjia National Nature Reserve Administration, Shennongjia, Hubei442400, P. R. China
Shu-Qing BEI
College of Life Science, Langfang Normal University, Langfang, Hebei065000, P. R. China
Shou-Yu GUO
State Key Laboratory of Mycology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing100101, P. R. China
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As part of our ongoing research on Peltigera, we recognize a morphologically and phylogenetically distinct new species, Peltigera shennongjiana L. F. Han & S. Y. Guo, from the Shennongjia region of Central China. It is distinguished from other members of the P. canina-group by the presence of abundant phyllidia and flat, branched lobules along the margin or laminal cracks, short lobes, and a pruinose, usually greyish upper surface. The various populations sampled share identical ITS nr DNA sequences, of which the ITS2 regions are characterized by a unique secondary structure. Furthermore, we provide a detailed comparison of the characteristics of P. shennongjiana with morphologically similar species and a key to Peltigera species reported from China.

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L.-F. Han, J.-Y. Yang and S.-Q. Bei contributed equally to this work.


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