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Boletinellus merulioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Suborder: Sclerodermatineae
Family: Boletinellaceae
P.M.Kirk, P.F.Cannon & J.C.David (2001)
Type genus
Murrill (1909)


Boletinellaceae are a small family of mushroom-forming fungi, primarily characterized by small pores on the underside of the cap rather than gills. Though in the order Boletales, research shows they and Gyroporaceae are more closely related to earthballs of Sclerodermataceae than Boletaceae.[1]

Genera include Boletinellus and Phlebopus, the latter genus showing some Gondwanan distribution found in Australia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. It contains the gigantic Phlebopus marginatus, the cap of which can reach 1 metre in diameter.[2]


  1. ^ Binder M & Bresinsky A. (2002): Derivation of polymorphic lineage of Gasteromycetes from boletoid ancestors. Mycologia 94(1), 85–98
  2. ^ Heinemann P, Rammeloo J. (1982). "Observations on the genus Phlebopus (Boletineae)". Mycotaxon. 15 (1): 384–404. 

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