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Mucronella bresadolae
Scientific classification

Fr. (1874)
Type species
Mucronella calva
(Alb. & Schwein.) Fr. (1874)
  • Mucronia Fr. (1849)
  • Myxomycidium Massee (1901)

Mucronella is a genus of fungi in the family Clavariaceae. Species in the genus resemble awl-shaped teeth that grow in groups without a common subiculum (supporting layer of mycelium).


The type species was originally named Hydnum calvum in a collaborative effort by the German botanist Johannes Baptista von Albertini and the American Lewis David de Schweinitz in 1805.[2] Swedish mycologist Elias Magnus Fries transferred the species to the newly described genus Mucronella in 1874.[3]

Molecular phylogenetic analysis suggests that the genus is monophyletic, and is sister to the remainder of the Clavariaceae,[4] confirming earlier suspicions that the taxa were phylogenetically related.[5] It had previously been placed in the Russulales due to its amyloid spores, and its morphological similarity to some members of genus Hericium.[4]


Fruitbodies of Mucronella species resemble hanging spines; they occur singly, scattered, or in groups. Colors range from white to yellow to orange. Mucronella has a monomitic hyphal system —consisting of only generative hyphae. The basidia (spore-bearing cells) are four-spored and club shaped. Basidiospores are usually smooth with thin walls, weakly amyloid, and somewhat hyaline (translucent).[6] Mucronella is the sole genus in the Clavariaceae with amyloid spores, and with the "hanging spine" fruitbody morphology.[4]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

Mucronella species are saprotrophic.[4] Kartar Singh Thind and I.P.S. Khurana identified five species from the northwestern Himalayas, India, in 1974: M. bresadolae, M. calva, M. flava, M. subalpina, and M. pulchra.[6]


Mucronella flava

As of August 2015, Index Fungorum accepts 17 species of Mucronella:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mucronella Fr. 1874". MycoBank. International Mycological Association. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ Albertini JB, Schweinitz LD (1805). Conspectus Fungorum in Lusatiae superioris (in Latin). p. 271.
  3. ^ Fries EM. (1874). Hymenomycetes Europaei (in Latin). p. 629.
  4. ^ a b c d Birkebak JM, Mayor JR, Ryberg KM, Matheny PB (2013). "A systematic, morphological and ecological overview of the Clavariaceae (Agaricales)" (PDF). Mycologia. 105 (4): 896–911. doi:10.3852/12-070. PMID 23396156. S2CID 27083890. open access
  5. ^ Larsson KH, Larsson E, Koljalg U (2004). "High phylogenetic diversity among corticioid homobasidiomycetes". Mycological Research. 108 (Pt 9): 983–1002. doi:10.1017/S0953756204000851. PMID 15506012.
  6. ^ a b c Thind KS, Khurana IP (1974). "The genus Mucronella in India" (PDF). Kavaka. 2: 49–55.
  7. ^ Kirk PM. "Species Fungorum (version 30th July 2015). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life". Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  8. ^ Hjortstam K, Roberts PJ, Spooner BM (1998). "Corticioid fungi from Brunei Darussalam". Kew Bulletin, Additional Series. 53 (4): 805–827.
  9. ^ Peck CH. (1891). "Report of the Botanist (1890)". Annual Report on the New York State Museum of Natural History. 44: 117–187 (see p. 134).
  10. ^ Corner EJH. (1970). Supplement to 'A Monograph of Clavaria and Allied Genera'. Nova Hedwigia Beihefte. Vol. 33. Lehre, Germany: J. Cramer. p. 175.
  11. ^ Lloyd CG. (1922). "Mycological Notes 66". Mycological Writings. 7 (66): 1105–1136.
  12. ^ Maas Geesteranus RA. (1977). "Problems around a new Mucronella". Persoonia. 9 (2): 271–4.
  13. ^ Hennings P. (1897). "Fungi camerunenses II". Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie. 23: 537–558.

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