Clitopilus cretoalbus sp. nov. (Entolomataceae, Agaricales), a new species from Pakistan

  • Aiman Izhar Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Zaman Khan Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Asif Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Hira Bashir Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Afifa Kainat Rani Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Abdul Rehman Niazi Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
  • Abdul Nasir Khalid Fungal Biology and Systematics Research Laboratory, Institute of Botany, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
Keywords: Basidiomycota, morphology, phylogeny, subtropical


A new species, Clitopilus cretoalbus A.Izhar, Zaman, M.Asif, H.Bashir, Niazi & Khalid sp. nov., is described herein based on several collections from Punjab, Pakistan. It is characterized by a clitocyboid to somewhat omphaloid stature combined with a white pileus, decurrent lamellae, an almost central to slightly eccentric whitish relatively long stipe, the occurrence of cheilocystidia, and basidiospores with 6 to 9 ridges in polar view. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of nrITS and nrLSU performed using the maximum likelihood method supported the novelty of this Pakistani species and its placement within the genus Clitopilus section Scyphoides. A comparison with other morpho-anatomically close species confirmed that the newly described species is distinct from others.


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How to Cite
Izhar, A., Khan, Z., Asif, M., Bashir, H., Rani, A. K., Niazi, A. R., & Khalid, A. N. (2023). Clitopilus cretoalbus sp. nov. (Entolomataceae, Agaricales), a new species from Pakistan. European Journal of Taxonomy, 861(1), 168-184.
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