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More pieces to a huge puzzle: Two new Escovopsis species from fungus gardens of attine ants

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Montoya, Quimi Vidaurre [1] ; Sutta Martiarena, Maria Jesus [1] ; Polezel, Danilo Augusto [1] ; Kakazu, Sergio [2] ; Rodrigues, Andre [1, 2]
Total Authors: 5
[1] UNESP Sao Paulo State Univ, Dept Biochem & Microbiol, Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[2] UNESP Sao Paulo State Univ, Ctr Studies Social Insects, Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: MYCOKEYS; n. 46, p. 97-118, FEB 18 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Escovopsis (Ascomycota: Hypocreales, Hypocreaceac) is the only known parasite of the mutualistic fungi cultivated by fungus-growing ants (Formicidae: Myrmicinae: Attini: Attina, the ``amines{''}). Despite its ecological role, the taxonomy and systematics of Escovopsis have been poorly addressed. Here, based on morphological and phylogenetic analyses with three molecular markers (internal transcribed spacer, large subunit ribosomal RNA and the translation elongation factor I -alpha), we describe Escovopsis clavalus and E. multiformis as new species isolated from fungus gardens of Apterostigma ant species. Our analysis shows that E. clavatus and E. multiformis belong to the most derived Escovopsis Glade, whose main character is the presence of conidiophores with vesicles. Nevertheless, the most outstanding feature of both new species is the presence of a swollen region in the central hypha of the conidiophore named swollen cell, which is absent in all previously described Escovopsis species. The less derived Escovopsis clades lack vesicles and their phylogenetic position within the Hypocreaceae still remains unclear. Considering the high genetic diversity in Escovopsis, the description of these new species adds barely two pieces to a huge taxonomic puzzle; however, this discovery is an important piece for building the systematics of this group of fungi. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/04955-3 - Phylogeny, systematics and diversification of Escovopsis fungi from Attini ants
Grantee:Quimi Vidaurre Montoya
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/24298-1 - Phylogeny of fungal parasites in gardens of attine ants
Grantee:André Rodrigues
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/12689-4 - Host-specificity and mechanisms of action of Escovopsis parasites found in the gardens of attine ants
Grantee:André Rodrigues
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants