Sulzbacheromyces Hodkinson & Lücking , in Hodkinson et al., Fungal diversity. 64(1):165-179 (2014)
Etymology: Named after Marcelo Sulzbacher, a promising young Brazilian mycologist who discovered the type species (Sulzbacher et al. 2012).
Diagnosis: Differing from Lepidostroma s.str. in the entirely crustose, undifferentiated thallus lacking cortex and medullary structures.
Thallus crustose, composed of minute, ecorticate granules. Photobiont a species of Bracteacoccus. Basidiomata clavarioid, unbranched. Basidiospores ellipsoid to slightly reniform. Other characters as in the family.
Index Fungorum number: IF803217
Type species: Sulzbacheromyces caatingae (Sulzbacher & Lücking) B.P. Hodk. & Lücking, in Hodkinson et al., Fungal diversity. 64(1):165-179 (2014)
Notes: Sulzbacheromyces is characterized by its undifferentiated thallus lacking distinct cortical structures. In contrast to the ‘Botrydina’ type granules found in Multiclavula, Semiomphalina, and Lichenomphalia species, the hyphae associated with the minute granules do not form an enclosing layer. Thus, Sulzbacheromyces can be morphologically distinguished from Multiclavula by its chlorococcoid photobiont, the absence of an enclosing layer, and the more yellow-orange basidiomata (Sulzbacher et al. 2012).
Figure 1. Maximum-likelihood tree of nuLSU sequences of selected Basidiomycota focusing on Atheliales and Lepidostroma s.lat. Supported branches for major and order-level clades and for genus-level clades within Lepidostromatales are indicated by thick lines and both bootstrap support values (above branches) and Bayesian posterior support (below branches) are given (only values of 70 % bootstrap support and larger and 0.95 posterior probability and larger are given). Order-level clades are highlighted in color to facilitate their distinction. The newly proposed genera for Lepidostromatales are also indicated.
Hodkinson, BP; Moncada, B; Lücking, R. 2014. Lepidostromatales, a new order of lichenized fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes), with two new genera, Ertzia and Sulzbacheromyces, and one new species, Lepidostroma winklerianum. Fungal diversity. 64(1):165-179