Cuspidatispora xiphiago gen. et sp. nov. from an eastern North American creek

Andrew N. Miller, Carol A. Shearer, Melissa Bartolata, Sabine M. Huhndorf

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An interesting aquatic ascomycete was found that appeared to possess characteristics of some members of the Sordariales. Subsequent sequencing of the 28S large subunit rDNA and β-tubulin genes confirmed the morphological data by placing it in the Sordariales but failed to provide support for placing this species in any recognized genus. Therefore, a new genus, Cuspidatispora, is erected to accommodate Cuspidatispora xiphiago, which is described as a new species based on a combination of morphological and molecular data. Cuspidatispora xiphiago is unique in possessing a central, melanized ascomal wall layer and apiosporous ascospores with a pronounced apical wall extension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • LSU
  • Phylogenetics
  • Sordariales
  • Systematics
  • β-Tubulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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