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Vahliellaceae, a new family of cyanobacterial lichens (Peltigerales, Ascomycetes)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 December 2010

Mats WEDIN
Affiliation:
The Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm Sweden. Email: mats.wedin@nrm.se
Per Magnus JØRGENSEN
Affiliation:
Museum of Natural History, University of Bergen, Allégaten 41, N-5007 Bergen, Norway.
Stefan EKMAN
Affiliation:
Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 16, SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden.
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Abstract

The recently described genus Vahliella (Peltigerales, Ascomycetes) has repeatedly appeared outside the Pannariaceae in molecular phylogenies. Here we include data from additional species of the genus and utilize mtSSU rDNA and RPB1 sequences to confirm its placement as the sister to a group consisting of Lobariaceae, Massalongiaceae, Nephromataceae and Peltigeraceae, in the Peltigerales. The new family Vahliellaceae Wedin, P. M. Jørg. & S. Ekman is described for the genus, and its morphological characteristics are briefly discussed.

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