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Etymology: Purposely spelled to achieve phonetic harmony and uniqueness with an allegorical allusion to mythical Athena (beauty, spear & shield) and her ancient Mycenaean origins

Basidiomata small, mycenoid. Pileus conical to campanulate, brightly colored, red, orange, yellow, or nearly white. Lamellae ascending, adnate, with decurrent tooth, reddish, pinkish, to creamy or white. Stipe hollow, fragile, pruinose, white, pink, orange, or yellowish, base with coarse fibrils. Basidiospores pip-shaped, smooth, thin-walled, hyaline, inamyloid, white in prints. Cheilocystidia mostly fusiform, thin-walled. Pleurocystidia similar. Pileipellis hyphae covered with diverticulae with small simple to slightly branched excrescences. Stipitipellis hyphae generally smooth but with cystidioid end cells. Clamps present or absent. All tissues, nonreactive in iodine. Saprophytic on plant debris (leaves, needles, twigs).

Index Fungorum number: IF550101

Type species: Atheniella adonis (Bull.) Redhead, Moncalvo, Vilgalys, Desjardin & B.A. Perry, Index Fungorum 14: 1 (2012)



Atheniella adonis (Bull.) Redhead, Moncalvo, Vilgalys, Desjardin & B.A. Perry 2012

Atheniella amabillissima (Peck) Redhead, Moncalvo, Vilgalys 2012

Atheniella aurantiidisca (Murrill) Redhead, Moncalvo, Vilgalys, Desjardin & B.A. Perry 2012

Atheniella delectabilis (Peck) Lüderitz & H. Lehmann 2018

Atheniella flavoalba (Fr.) Redhead, Moncalvo, Vilgalys, Desjardin & B.A. Perry 2012

Atheniella leptophylla (Peck) Gminder & Böhning 2016

Atheniella ulmariae H. Lehmann & Lüderitz 2019



Redhead, SA. 2012. Nomenclatural novelties. Index Fungorum 14: 1


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