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Sulzbacher M.A.,Federal University of Pernambuco | Wartchow F.,Federal University of Paraiba | Ovrebo C.L.,University of Central Oklahoma | Sousa J.O.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte | And 3 more authors.
Lichenologist | Year: 2016

Sulzbacheromyces is a recently erected genus in Lepidostromatales, differing from Lepidostroma in the crustose thallus. After the initial discovery of S. caatingae, the only species to be found in Brazil so far, a large quantity of additional data and ITS barcoding sequences for this taxon from a much broader geographical range and different habitats was collected. Phylogenetic analysis under a maximum likelihood framework demonstrated that all specimens are genetically uniform, showing no variation in their ITS, suggesting that S. caatingae has a wide ecological amplitude beyond the Brazilian Caatinga and Atlantic Forest biomes. Detailed descriptions and illustrations of the species are presented, including a map showing the distribution of S. caatingae in the Brazilian semi-arid region and the north-eastern Atlantic rainforest. © 2016 British Lichen Society. Source

Ciampor F.,Slovak Academy of Sciences | Lassova K.,A. Gwerkovej 4 | Maier C.A.,University of Kansas | Maier C.A.,Gantz Family Collections Center | And 2 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

The monotypic genus Phanoceroides was initially classified within the subfamily Elminae, based solely on the distribution and type of pubescence on the body surface. Although a close relationship with Larainae was suggested (Hinton 1939, Maier 2013), its taxonomic position and phylogeny remained unresolved. Based on newly collected material, we describe here P. fernandesi sp. n. and document morphological characters and differences of adults and larvae of P. aquaticus Hinton, 1939 and P. fernandesi sp. n. To clarify the taxonomic position of Phanoceroides within Elmidae, we used molecular data (cox1 and mtDNA). The results support position of the genus within the subfamily Larainae with Hypsilara Maier & Spangler, 2011 as a close relative. Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press. Source

Hentschel J.,Friedrich - Schiller University of Jena | von Konrat M.,Gantz Family Collections Center | Soderstrom L.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Hagborg A.,Gantz Family Collections Center | And 4 more authors.
Phytotaxa | Year: 2015

The liverwort family Frullaniaceae is circumscribed to include the single genus, Frullania, and has a complex and confusing taxonomical history. An overview is provided for the infrageneric classification adopted for the forthcoming worldwide checklist based on recent morphological and molecular studies. The genus is preliminarily subdivided into eleven subgenera, F. subg. Chonanthelia, F. subg. Diastaloba, F. subg. Diversitextae, F. subg. Frullania, F. subg. Homotropantha, F. subg. Mammillosae, F. subg. Meteoriopsis, F. subg. Microfrullania, F. subg. Saccophora, F. subg. Steerea, and F. subg. Thyopsiella, as well as several sections. However, some of the subgeneric divisions are only doubtfully recognized because there is still insufficient knowledge to arrive at a decision regarding their systematic status and placement. The taxa may be either originally not well described, not restudied recently or molecular analyses point to a more complex internal structure of the respective group. Fourteen new synonyms, eight new combinations, five new names, eight lectotypifications, and one new variety are provided. © 2015 Magnolia Press. Source

Von Konrat M.,Gantz Family Collections Center | Engel J.,Gantz Family Collections Center | Katafono M.,University of The South Pacific | Soderstrom L.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | And 9 more authors.
Telopea | Year: 2014

It is clearly evident that the bryophyte flora of the islands of Fiji remains inadequately documented. Here, five liverwort species of Lepidoziaceae are reported as new to the Republic of Fiji: Lepidozia haskarliana, Neolepidozia cuneifolia, N. wallichiana, Telaranea major and Tricholepidozia melanesica. © 2014 Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Source

Khan N.F.,Roosevelt University | Murdoch K.C.,Integrative Research Center | Murdoch K.C.,Gantz Family Collections Center | Feldheim K.A.,Integrative Research Center | And 3 more authors.
BMC Research Notes | Year: 2015

Background: The Buff-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera nivosa) is a resident bird species that is distributed in lowland rainforest habitats from western to eastern Africa. We developed species-specific microsatellite markers to examine the population genetics of this species. Findings: Twenty-one microsatellite loci were isolated from C. nivosa. Of these, 15 were found to amplify consistently. These loci were then tested for variability in 15 individuals from different lowland forest localities. The number of alleles ranged from 3 to 13 per locus, with observed and expected heterozygosity ranging from 0.100 to 0.917 and 0.485 to 0.901, respectively. Four loci exhibited significant heterozygote deficiency while one had an excess of heterozygotes. None of the loci exhibited linkage disequilibrium. Conclusion: These polymorphic microsatellite markers will be used to study genetic variability in populations of C. nivosa across either sides of the Congo River to evaluate the effect of the river as a barrier to gene flow. © 2015 Khan et al. Source

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