Harrya & Australopilus are new genera allied to Zangia & Royoungia

Australian Systematic Botany 25(6): 418-431. 2012.

Background: Boletus chromapes was described by Charles Frost (1874), a shoemaker in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. Modern placement in Tylopilus or in Leccinum has been equivocal (Singer 1947, 1986; Smith & Thiers 1968), because emphasis was given to either stipe ornamentation (Singer) or spore color (Smith & Thiers).
Molecular phylogenetic inference provides a new perspective on placement of B. chromapes in the Boletaceae well away from either Leccinum or Tylopilus. The partial phylogram is based on a 2-gene (nuc-LSU, tef1) dataset (engineered by M. Nuhn). The tree topology corresponds to the optimal maximum likelihood tree calculated by RAxML. Support values > 70% bootstrap and 0.95 posterior probability (bold lines) are shown. Thus, two new genera Harrya (with 2 species) & Australopilus are described with affinities to the sequestate Royoungia and the epigeous Zangia, the latter so far only known from S China. Unnamed clades from Zambia, Thailand, and Indonesia are currently recognized as well.

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