New species of dictyostelids from Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
2011 (English)In: Mycologia, ISSN 0027-5514, E-ISSN 1557-2536, Vol. 103, no 1, 101-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In late Jan and early Feb 2005 samples for isolation of dictyostelid cellular slime molds (dictyostelids) were collected in five different provinces and from six national parks (all located 39-55°S) in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Southern beech (Nothofagus) forests represented the primary vegetation type investigated, but some samples were obtained from Patagonian steppe, alpine meadows, Valdivian temperate rainforests and coniferous forests dominated by Araucaria, Austrocedrus and Fitzroya. Among the dictyostelids isolated from the samples we collected were seven species new to science. These species (Dictyostelium austroandinum, D. chordatum, D. fasciculoideum, D. gargantuum, D. leptosomopsis, D. valdivianum and Polysphondylium patagonicum) are described herein on the basis of both morphology and molecular (SSU rDNA) data. One of the new species, D. gargantuum, is one of the largest representatives of the group reported to date. Another unusual species, D. chordatum, produces long interwoven sorocarps that do not appear to respond to a spacing gas similar to the condition first noted in D. implicatum.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 103, no 1, 101-117 p.
Dictyostelium, forest soils, molecular data, Polysphondylium, South America, taxonomy
Research subject Biology with specialization in Systematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142007DOI: 10.3852/09-301ISI: 000286574400010PubMedID: 20943559OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142007DiVA: diva2:386744
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 236501