Ustilaginales » Ustilaginaceae 


Shivasia Vánky, M. Lutz & Piątek 2012, in Lutz et al., IMA fungus, 3, 143-154 (2012).

Etymology: This genus is named in the honour of Roger Graham Shivas, a multi-talented Australian mycologist, interested in plant parasitic microfungi, author of two books and over 130 scientific papers, in which over 160 new species and several new genera are described. Roger is a sharp- eyed, ardent collector who collected not only in Australia but also in Bolivia, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Diagnosis: Sori in the flowers of Schoenus (Cyperaceae) forming hard, globoid, black bodies composed of spore balls and spores on the surface of innermost floral organs developed in sporogenous hyphae within U-shaped pockets, at first covered by a fungal peridium. Spore balls few to many- spored, composed of spores only, enclosed by a subhyaline mucilaginous layer. Spores pigmented (brown). Sterile cells absent.

Index Fungorum Number: IF800821

Type Species: Shivasia solida  (Berk.) Vánky, M. Lutz & Piątek 2012, in Lutz et al., IMA fungus, 3, 143-154 (2012).


Shivasia solida (Berk.) Vánky, M. Lutz & Piątek 2012


Lutz, M., Vánky, K., & Piątek, M. (2012). Shivasia gen. nov. for the Australasian smut Ustilago solida that historically shifted through five different genera. IMA fungus, 3, 143-154.


About Basidiomycota

The webpage Basidiomycota provides an up-to-date classification and account of all genera of the phylum Basidiomycota.


Supported by 

Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI)

project entitled:

"Macrofungi diversity research from the Lancang-Mekong Watershed and surrounding areas"

(Grant No. DBG6280009)


  • Email:
  • Addresses:
    Mushroom Research Foundation, 292 Moo 18, Bandu District,
    Muang Chiangrai 57100, Thailand
  • The State Key Lab of Mycology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.3 1st Beichen West Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China

Published by the State Key Lab of Mycology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and
Mushroom Research Foundation
Copyright © The copyright belongs to the Curators. All Rights Reserved.