Suillus indicus sp. nov. (Boletales, Basidiomycota), a new boletoid fungus from northwestern Himalayas, India

Mycology. 2015 Jan 2;6(1):35-41. doi: 10.1080/21501203.2014.988770. Epub 2014 Dec 11.


The new species Suillus indicus is described based on the morpho-anatomical description and molecular analysis of basidiomes found in conifer forests of the northwestern Himalayas, India. Morphologically, the key diagnostic characteristics of the new taxon are brownish-orange to reddish-brown pileus with low obtuse umbo, brownish-red to reddish-brown fibrillose squamules over the pileal surface, and absence of fibrillose squamules and glandular dots on the stipe surface. Sequences derived from the internal transcribed spacer region of basidiomes and culture demonstrated that the species is clearly distinct from other known taxa of Suillus and new to science.

Keywords: ITS; Suillaceae; ectomycorrhizal; phylogeny; taxonomy.

Grant support

The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by University Grants Commission (UGC), Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi, India, and research facilities provided by TIFAC-Core, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India, for this study.