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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Agaricaceae
Genus: Secotium
Kunze (1840)
Type species
Secotium gueinzii
Kunze (1840)

Secotium is a genus of fungi in the family Agaricaceae. The members of this genus are closely related to ordinary Agaricus mushrooms, but do not open out in the usual way; this has given rise to the term "secotioid" for such mushrooms in general. They are thought to form an evolutionary link between agarics and gasteroid fungi (whose spores are enclosed in a pouch-like structure). Secotium is a widespread genus, with species that are predominantly found in warm and arid regions.[2]


The secotioid species Agaricus deserticola used to be named Secotium texense before its strong connection to Agaricus caused it to be reclassified.

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  1. ^ "Synonymy: Secotium". Index Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CAB International. p. 628. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 
  3. ^ Zang M, Doi Y (1995). "Secotium himalaicum sp. nov. from Nepal – a folklore concerning the food of abominable snowman". Acta Botanica Yunnanica. 17 (1): 30–32. 

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