Absidia parricida plays a dominant role in biotrophic fusion parasitism among mucoralean fungi (Zygomycetes): Lentamyces, a new genus for A. parricida and A. zychae

Plant Biol (Stuttg). 2009 Jul;11(4):537-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2008.00145.x.


Within the order Mucorales (Zygomycetes), the facultative parasites Parasitella parasitica, Chaetocladium brefeldii, Chaetocladium jonesii and Absidia parricida are known to initiate biotrophic fusion parasitic interactions on a wide variety of other mucoralean hosts. Their phylogenetic relationship within the Mucorales and their ability to form parasitic structures with several known host species was examined. Together with interspecific reactions between the mycoparasites, this study found: (i) no evident differences in the spectrum of non-parasitic hosts tested within the study; (ii) A. parricida parasitises all other fusion parasites; (iii) A. parricida is ancestral to all other parasites; (iv) A. parricida is reported for the first time as phylogenetically basal to all other mucoralean fungi except the Umbelopsidaceae and (v) based on phylogenetic analyses and physiological and morphological characteristics, the slow-growing species A. parricida and Absidia zychae are removed from the genus Absidia and reclassified in the newly described genus Lentamyces.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absidia / classification
  • Absidia / genetics*
  • Absidia / growth & development
  • Fungi
  • Mucorales / classification*
  • Mucorales / genetics*
  • Mucorales / growth & development
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S / genetics


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S