Lactarius cucurbitoides (Russulales, Basidiomycota), a new species from South Korea supported by molecular and morphological data

Hyun LEE, Myung Soo PARK, Paul Eunil JUNG, Jonathan, Julio FONG, Seung Yoon OH, Annemieke VERBEKEN, Young Woon LIM

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A new species belonging to Lactarius subg. Plinthogalus was discovered during a long-term project on the diversity of Korean Lactarius . This species is proposed here as Lactarius cucurbitoides . The status of L. cucurbitoides as a new species is supported by molecular data and morphological features. Phylogenetic analysis based on internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences shows that L. cucurbitoides is closely related to L. subplinthogalus , L. friabilis, and L. oomsisiensis , with pairwise distances of 2.8–4.3%. Morphological characters of L. cucurbito ides that distinguish it from these closely related species are a pale yellow to pale orange colored pileus and non-discoloration of white latex. The new species is described and illustrated in the present paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • Korea barcode of life
  • taxonomy
  • white latex
  • sp. nov.

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