Comparative taxonomy of desert truffles of the Australian outback and the African Kalahari

James M. Trappe, Gábor M. Kovács, Andrew W. Claridge

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Seven truffle species are reported from the Australian Outback-six Ascomycota (Elderia arenivaga, Mattirolomyces mulpu sp. nov., Mycoclelandia arenacea, M. bulundari, Reddelomyces westraliensis, Ulurua nonparaphysata gen. & sp. nov.) and one Basidiomycota (Horakiella watarrkana sp. nov.) Three Ascomycota species are redescribed from the African Kalahari (Eremiomyces echinulatus, Kalaharituber pfeilii and Mattirolomyces austroafricanus comb. nov.). The phylogenetic analyses of nrDNA of the Australian Ascomycota provided strong support for placement of all but one in the Pezizaceae (Reddellomyces belongs in the Tuberaceae), as is true of most, if not all, other ascomycetous desert truffles. These genetic results also highlight that the genus Mattirolomyces is more taxonomically, ecologically, and geographically diverse than previously realized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-143
Number of pages13
JournalMycological Progress
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010


  • Ascomycota
  • Basidiomycota
  • Pezizaceae
  • Sclerodermataceae
  • Tuberaceae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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