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Volume 31    issue 4  ,  December  2010
Studies in Perenniporia s.l. Perenniporiella tepeitensis comb. nov., an addition to Perenniporiella: evidence from morphological and molecular data
p. 419-429


Perenniporia tepeitensis (basionym: Coriolus tepeitensis) is showed to belong to Perenniporiella, on the basis of both morphological and molecular data (DNA sequence data from the ribosomal LSU, ITS, and tef1). Hence, the new combination Perenniporiella tepeitensis is proposed. The species is redescribed on the basis of the type specimen and several original collections from eastern Mexico and USA. A key to Perenniporiella is proposed.
Neotropical polypores / phylogeny / taxonomy


Perenniporia tepeitensis (basionyme : Coriolus tepeitensis) est transférée dans le genre Perenniporiella, sur base de critères morphologiques et d'analyse de séquences d'ADN (grande sous-unité ribosomale, zone ITS + 5.8S, et un fragment du gène codant pour la facteur d'élongation tef1). La nouvelle combinaison Perenniporiella tepeitensis est proposée, et l'espèce est redécrite. Une clé d'identification des espèces de Perenniporiella est proposée.
Polypores néotropicaux / phylogénie / taxonomie

a Mycothèque de l'Université catholique de Louvain (BCCM/MUCL),
Earth and Life Institute - Mycology, Université catholique de Louvain,
Croix du Sud 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium,

b Laboratorio de Micología, Departamento de Botánica, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas,
I.P.N. Apartado Postal 256, Centro Operativo Naranjo,
Col. Santa María de la Rivera, México, D.F., C.P.02600, Mexico

c Collectif de Biologie, Institut de Zoologie, Université de Liège,
B-4000 Liège, Belgium


Decock & Ryvarden (2003) established Perenniporiella 2 for 3 morphologically homogeneous polypores viz. P. neofulva (type species) and P. micropora, both previously placed in Perenniporia (Ryvarden 1987, 1990), and P. pendula. Robledo et al. (2009) added P. chaquenia, a species so far know only from the Yungas forest in the Argentinean Andes. Robledo et al. (2009) also evidenced that Perenniporiella, as circumscribed then, is monophyletic when considered from a phylogenetic perspective.

In continuation of the revision of Perenniporia s.l. from Meso- and South America (Decock and Herrera Figueroa 2000, Decock and Ryvarden 1999a, b, 2000, 2003, Decock et al. 2001), we have reconsidered the taxonomic placement of P. tepeitensis. Ryvarden (1985) transferred the species, originally described as Coriolus tepeitensis Murrill (Murrill 1912), to Perenniporia on the basis of a dimitic hyphal system with dextrinoid skeletal hyphae and thick-walled basidiospores. Both features, in Ryvarden's classification scheme at that time, supported this placement.

However, the main morphological characters of the species, especially the effused-reflexed basidiomata, the basidiospores morphology, and, to a lesser degree, the vegetative hyphae deviate from Perenniporia s.s. (Decock and Stalpers 2006) and point toward Perenniporiella (Decock and Ryvarden 2003). Phylogenetic inferences based on partial nuc ribosomal LSU, ITS-5.8S, and a 1200 bp fragment of the house keeping gene tef1 also unequivocally placed this species in the latter genus.

The results are commented below, the new combination Perenniporiella tepeitensis is proposed, and the species re-described and illustrated.


Material and Collection localities. – Specimens studied are preserved at CFMR, ENCB, MUCL, and NY (herbarium acronyms are from Thiers B. [continuously updated]). Original MUCL materials were collected in the eastern mountain range (Sierra Madre oriental) of Mexico, in the El Cielo Biosphere reserve (Prov. Tamaulipas, Gómez Farías, approximately 23°03'35.6" N, 99°12'45" W), at an elevation of about 1300 masl. The local ecosystem is mesophilous mountain forest, characterized by the botanical genera Liquidambar, Quercus, Juglans, Dalbergia, etc. (Rzedowski 2006). Additional original specimens and strains collected in southeastern USA were received from NY and CFMR.

MUCL original strains were isolated from basidiome tissues during fieldwork, on malt extract agar supplemented with 2 ppm benomyl (benlate) and 50 ppm chloramphenicol, and later, when necessary, purified in the laboratory. Living cultures are preserved at MUCL, and a representative strain at the CBS. Additional strains were received from CFMR (Madison, USA).

Specimen description. – Colors are described according to Kornerup and Wanscher (1981). Section were carefully dissected under a stereomicroscope in hot (40°C) NaOH 3% solution, and later examined in NaOH 3% solution at room temperature. Sections were also examined in Melzer's reagent and lactic acid cotton blue to provide evidence of a staining reaction. All the microscopic measurements were carried out in Melzer's reagent. In presenting the size range of several microscopic elements, 5% of the measurements at each end of the range are given in parentheses when relevant. In the text, the following abbreviations are used: Ave = arithmetic mean, R = the ratio of length/width of basidiospores, and AveR = arithmetic mean of the ratio R.


Table 1. List of species / collections / sequences used in the phylogenetic analyzes, and their GenBank accession number. 28S = 5' end of the large ribosomal subunit; ITS = ITS1, 5.8S, ITS2; tef = fragment between exons 4 and 8 of the translation elongation factor 1 alpha

Genus / Species names

GenBank accession number

Voucher specimens / cultures reference





Perenniporiella Decock & Ryvarden

P. chaquenia Robledo & Decock

  MUCL 47647 (PT)





  MUCL 47648 (PT)





  MUCL 49758 (T)





P. pendula Decock & Ryvarden





  MUCL 46034





  MUCL 47129





P. micropora (Ryvarden) Decock & Ryvarden





  MUCL 43581





P. neofulva (Lloyd) Decock & Ryvarden





  MUCL 45091





P. tepeitensis (Murrill) Decock & Valenzuela





  MUCL 52296





  MUCL 52300





  MUCL 52301





  MUCL 52494





  MUCL 52495





T, PT = Type, Paratype.

Sequencing. – DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing of the nuclear ribosomal 5' end of the LSU and ITS regions (including 5.8S) and tef1 are as described in Decock et al. (2007) and Amalfi et al. (2010). Sequencing reactions were performed using CEQ DTCS Quick Start Kit® (Beckman Coulter), following the manufacturer's recommendations, with the primers LROR, LR3, LR3R, LR5 for the LSU; ITS1, ITS2, ITS3, ITS4 for the ITS (; and 2212R, 1953R, 983F, 2218R for the tef1 (Rehner and Buckley 2005, Matheny et al. 2007).


Phylogenetic analysis. – The species, strains / specimens, and sequences used in this study are listed in Table 1. Twelve specimens representing 5 species were included in the various phylogenetic analyses. Nucleotide sequences were automatically aligned with Clustal X (version 2.0.11) (Thompson et al. 1997), then manually adjusted as necessary with the text editor in PAUP* (version 4.0b10). Perenniporiella neofulva was chosen as the outgroup (Robledo et al. 2009).

Phylogenetic analysis of the aligned sequences was performed using the maximum parsimony method of PAUP* version 4.0b10 (Swofford 2002) with gaps treated as fifth bases.

The most parsimonious trees were identified using heuristic searches with random addition sequence (1000), and further evaluated by bootstrap analysis (bv), retaining clades compatible with the 50% majority-rules in the bootstrap consensus tree. Analysis conditions were: tree bisection addition branch swapping (TBR), starting tree obtained via stepwise addition, steepest descent not in effect, MulTrees effective.

To detect topological conflicts among data partitions, the nodes between the majority-rule consensus trees obtained in the MP analysis from the individual data sets were compared. Paired trees were examined for conflicts only involving nodes with BS > 70%. A conflict was assumed to be significant if two different relationships for the same set of taxa (one being monophyletic and the other being non-monophyletic) were observed on the rival trees.


Morphology. – The hyphal system in P. tepeitensis is dimitic with slightly branched vegetative hyphae in the context and branched in the hymenophoral trama, then with a poorly differentiated arboriform branching pattern, with a short stalk and longs, skeletal-like branches (Figs. 5-6). The basidiospores are subglobose to globose, not truncate, thick-walled, apparently without any germ pore (Fig. 7), and variably dextrinoid. Both features, in addition to a resupinate to effused reflexed, light-weighted basidiomata, agree with the definition of Perenniporiella (Decock and Ryvarden 2003, Robledo et al. 2009). This definition reveals the difference with Perenniporia that has thick-walled, basidiospores, with a truncate apex, the latter resulting from the development of a large apical germ pore by wall dissolution (Decock & Stalpers 2006).


DNA sequences data. – The collections of P. tepeitensis from Mexico and the USA differ slightly in their sequences, the differences ranging from 1-5 divergent positions (max. 1 difference in LSU; 1-3 in ITS and tef1). These differences are not considered taxonomically significant at species level, especially when all the morphological features point toward conspecificity.


Phylogenetic analysis. – Heuristic MP searches for the LSU (870 positions, 25 variable positions parsimony-uninformative, 11 variable positions parsimony-informative), ITS (616 positions, 48 variable positions parsimony-uninformative, 37 variable positions parsimony-informative) and tef1 datasets (1172 positions, 136 variable positions parsimony-uninformative, 95 variable positions parsimony-informative), considered individually, yielded respectively 1 (36 steps; CI = 1.0, RI = 1.0), 1 (104 steps; CI = 0.885, RI = 0.821), and 12 (293 steps; CI = 0.915, RI = 0.860) equally MPTs. These MPTs exhibited the same topology. By comparing the topologies obtained from MP bootstrap consensus tree for the individual datasets, no conflicts involving significantly supported nodes were found and the three datasets were combined.


Combined dataset analysis. – 2658 characters, gaps included, of which 143 variable characters were parsimony-uninformative and 209 characters were parsimony-informative. An exhaustive search produced 4 equally most parsimonious trees (438 steps; CI = 0.904, RI = 0.843), with a single topology (Fig. 1) concordant with the trees obtained by the individual data set.


Fig. 1
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Fig 1. One of the 4 most parsimonious trees obtained from an exhaustive search (TL: 438 steps; CI: 0.904, RI: 0.843). Ag = Argentina, Cu = Cuba, Mx = Mexico, USA = United States of America.


The phylogenetic inferences resolved all the morphologically based species as terminal branches, confirming their status of individual species. These branches are well supported for P. pendula, P. chaquenia, and P. tepeitensis, whereas P. micropora is represented by a single sequence.

The collections of P. tepeitensis form a monophyletic clade closely related to P. chaquenia and to a lesser degree, P. pendula, confirming the placement of this species in Perenniporiella; hence the proposed new combination.


Perenniporiella tepeitensis (Murrill) Decock & Valenzuela comb. nov.                 Figs 2-7

Coriolus tepeitensis Murrill, Bull. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 8: 142, 1912 (basionym).

Polystictus tepeitensis (Murrill) Murrill, Bull. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 8: 153, 1912.

Polyporus tepeitensis (Murrill) J. Lowe, Pap. Mich. Acad. Sci. 37: 51, 1952.

Perenniporia tepeitensis (Murrill) Ryvarden, Mycotaxon 23: 174, 1985.

Mycobank: MB 518040

Basidiome seasonal to reviviscent, resupinate, in small delimited, circular patches, up to 7 × 5 mm, becoming effused or fusing laterally, extending up to 20-55 × 20-30 mm, 1.5-3 mm thick, margin free, detached from the substrate; or effused-reflexed, the pileus portion 15-30 wide, projecting up to 7-15 mm, up to 3 mm thick at the base; or more rarely only pileate, then attached by the vertex; pileus/pileate part applanate in section, semicircular to broadly attached, rarely attached by the vertex, solitary or laterally fused, with a soft, flexible consistency; pileus surface glabrous, concentrically sulcate, whitish cream to pale grayish orange when fresh and young (4B4-5B4), zoned, with several pale to dark reddish or reddish brown (8C8-9C8, brownish red) bands, thin next to the margin, larger near the base, with age greenish overall due to algae; margin even, white when fresh, drying whitish to pale cream; pore surface white, whitish when fresh, pale grayish cream to pale corky on drying; pores even, round, 6-7(-8)/mm, (85-)95-140(-150) μm diam, (ave = 113 μm); dissepiments smooth, entire, (25-)30-55(-80) μm thick (ave = 44 μm); context/subiculum homogeneous, reduced to a thin layer up to 1 mm thick at the base in the pileate part, whitish and with a soft corky consistency when fresh, drying greyish orange, pale corky; tubes layer single or layered, up to 2 distinct layers, concolorous with the context, white or whitish when fresh, drying pale grayish orange, pale corky, with a corky consistency and a fibrous texture when fresh, up to 2.5 mm thick.


Hyphal system dimitic both in the context and the trama of the tubes; generative hyphae with clamps (clamps present at all septa on hyphae in culture), hyaline, thin-walled, 2-3.5 μm thick; vegetative hyphae hyaline, cyanophilous, weakly dextrinoid in the context, dextrinoid in the trama of the tubes, which is especially obvious in the dissepiments; context mainly composed of non-branched to sparingly branched vegetative hyphae, straight to sinuous, thick-walled, 2.5-3.5 μm (ave = 2.9 μm) in their main part; hymenophoral trama mainly composed of branched vegetative hyphae having a loose arboriform branching pattern, with an unbranched, scarcely differentiated, thick-walled (with the lumen open) basal stalk, (12-)25-45(-50) μm long, (ave = 37.5 μm), 2.5-4.0(-4.5) μm wide (ave = 2.9 μm), straight to geniculated, then occasionally with lateral aborted processes and slightly widened at the apical branching point, branching of 1-3 levels, the branches long (measured (50-)95-250 μm, ave = 160 μm), 2-2.5 μm wide (ave = 2.1 μm) in their main part, thick-walled, straight to sinuous.


Figs 2-4
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Figs 2-4. Macroscopical features of basidiomes of Perenniporiella tepeitensis. 2-3. Basidiome, general view (MUCL 52300): 2, scale bar = 1 cm; 3, scale bar = 2 cm; 4. pore surface, scale bar = 1 cm.


Figs 5-7
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Figs 5-7. Perenniporiella tepeitensis, microscopical features (from MUCL 47647). 5. Vegetative hyphae from the trama, scale bar = 40 μm; 6. Vegetative hyphae from the trama of the tubes, schematic, scale bar = 100 μm; 7. Basidiospores. Bar = 5 μm.


Hymenium: basidia clavate, with a basal clamp, hyaline, thin-walled, 14-18 × 8-9 μm, with four small sterigmata; basidiospores broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, up to broadly obovoid, thick-walled, smooth, with a small apiculus, hyaline, non- to faintly dextrinoid, cyanophilous, (5.0-)5.5-6.5(-7.0) × (4.5-)4.5-5.5(-6.0) μm (ave = 5.8 × 5.0 μm), R = (1.0-)1.1-1.3(-1.4) (aveR = 1.16); chlamydospores absent.


Substratum: dead fallen branches of unidentified angiosperm; dead wood of Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust, Fabaceae). Also reported in lit. (Lowe 1952) on Sassafras (Lauraceae) and Sumach (Rhus glabra, Anacardiaceae).


Type of rot: white rot (production of laccase positive, tested with syringaldazine [Harkin and Obst 1974]).


Confirmed distribution: Mexico, Southeastern United States.


Holotype: MEXICO [PROV. Morelos]: Tepeite Valley, near Cuernavaca [approx. 19°00'38" N - 99°13'26" W], elev. 7000 ft asl (2134 m), on dead fallen branches, 28 Dec. 1909, W.A. & E.L. Murrill, 550, NY.


Additional specimens examined: MEXICO [PROV. Morelos:] Tepeite Valley, near Cuernavaca [approx. 19°00'38" N - 99°13'26" W], elev. 7000 ft asl (2134 m), on dead fallen branches, 28 Dec. 1909, W.A. & E.L. Murrill, 490 & 533, NY (paratypes); PROV. Tamaulipas: Reserva de la Biosfera El Cielo, Municipio de Gómes Farías, on the way to Altacima, 23°03'35.6" N - 99°02'45" W, elev. 1200-1400 masl, on dead fallen branches lying in the ground, unidentified angiosperm, 27-28 Jul. 2009, C. Decock and R. Valenzuela, MX-09-75, MX-09-86, MX-09-87, respectively MUCL 52296, 52300, 52301 (cultures ex-. MUCL 52296 (= CBS), 52300, 52301); USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Asheville, Bent Creek Exp. Forest, on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.), 16 Sep 1959, J. Lowe and R.L. Gilbertson, Lowe n° 11319 (NY; culture ex- CFMR L-11319-Sp); Asheville, 11 Aug 1962, J. Lowe, Lowe n° 12485 (NY; culture ex- CFMR L-12485-Sp); TENNESSEE: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg, Cherokee Orchid, on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) 26 Aug 1950, J. Lowe N° 4531 (FP 99690).


Perenniporiella tepeitensis has all the typical morphological features of Perenniporiella, including the hyphal system (Figs 5-6) and the broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, apically rounded, and thick-walled basidiospores (Fig. 7). The species is characterized by a resupinate to effused reflexed or more rarely pileate basidiome (Figs 2-4), 6-7 pores/mm, and basidiospores averaging 5.7 × 4.9 μm (Fig. 7).

Our Mexican collections differ slightly from the description of Gilbertson and Ryvarden (1987) in the pileus color and number of pores/mm. Gilbertson and Ryvarden (1987) reported a white to cream pileus, without any mention of brownish red tint, and 4-5/mm. Pores were measured as 6(-7)/mm in the type, reported 5-6/mm by Murrill (1912). In Lowe specimen (see list of specimens), the pileus is either absent or poorly developed, and then cork colored.

Perenniporiella tepeitensis is comparable to P. chaquenia and P. pen-dula: they share similar basidiomes, basidiospores, and vegetative hyphae. Perenniporiella chaquenia and P. tepeitensis differs in the number of pores/mm, 4-6 versus 6-7(-8)/mm, respectively. The pores have about the same diameter in both taxa, but the dissepiments are thicker in P. chaquenia compared to P. tepeitensis (on average, respectively 70 μm versus 40 μm). Furthermore, the pileus of P. tepeitensis is smooth while it is finely velutinate in P. chaquenia. Perenniporiella pendula is characterized by mostly pileate basidiomes, pendant to broadly attached, occasionally with a decurrent part, and (slightly) smaller pores (7-9/mm).

Perenniporiella micropora has related basidiome and basidiospores, but a duplex context and much smaller pores, 8-10/mm. Perenniporiella neofulva differs in having much thicker, more rigid basidiomes, and distinctly smaller basidiospores, on average ≤ 4.0 μm.

Perenniporiella tepeitensis, P. chaquenia, P. pendula, and P. micropora are also, in a phylogenetic perspective (Fig. 1), very closely related to each other, forming a well supported sub-clade, while P. neofulva is more distant (Robledo et al. 2009).


1a Basidiospores on average ≤ 4 μm long (3.5-4.5 × 3-4 μm).............................. Perenniporiella neofulva

1b Basidiospores on average ≥ 5 μm ....................................................................................................2

    2a Context heterogeneous (duplex), with a loose upper layer and a denser lower layer;

    pores 8-10(-12)/mm ..................................................................................Perenniporiella micropora

    2b Context homogeneous; pores larger .............................................................................................3

3a Pores 4-6/mm; dissepiments thick............................................................ Perenniporiella chaquenia

This species is so far only known from the Chaquean mountain forests of Central Argentina

3b Pores 6-9/mm; dissepiments thin .....................................................................................................4

    4a Pores 7-9/mm; basidiospores subglobose to globose, 4.5-6.0 × 4.0-4.8 μm,

    averaging 5.2 × 4.5 μm ................................................................................ Perenniporiella pendula

    4b Pores 6-7/mm; basidiospores subglobose to globose, 5.5-6.5(-6.5) × (4.5-) 4.5-5.5(-6.0) μm

    (ave = 5.7 × 4.9 μm) ................................................................................ Perenniporiella tepeitensis

Acknowledgments. The authors acknowledge the financial contribution received from the CONACyT (Mexico) and the FNRS (Belgium), in the framework of their bilateral cooperation agreement that allowed field works in Mexico. Cony Decock gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from the Belgian State - Belgian Federal Science Policy (contract BCCM C3/10/003). Colleagues Ellen Bloch (NYBG) and Karen Nakasone (CFMR) are warmly thanked for their continuous support over the years through the loan of specimens and pure culture. Stéphanie Huret and Céline Bivort are also warmly thanked for their help with the sequencing program. The authors also thank Tanya Raymundo, Mario Amalfi, and Laurence Van Goethem for their companionship during field work.


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2.Authorships of scientific names listed in Table I are not repeated in the text.


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