Authors: SHAH HUSSAIN, NOUSHEEN YOUSAF, NAJAM-UL-SEHAR AFSHAN, ABDUL REHMAN NIAZI, HABIB AHMAD, ABDUL NASIR KHALID
Abstract: Tulostoma ahmadii, a new species found in the subtropical pine forest of Malakand, Pakistan, is described and illustrated. It is characterized by parallel to squamulose deep reddish brown scales on stipe with bulbous base, warty exoperidium, and tubular and relatively large-sized basidiospores. Macro- and microscopic features along with sequence data demonstrated that Tulostoma ahmadii is a distinct species from other members of Tulostoma. T. Squamosum, which is represented here as a new record for the country, has also been characterized on a molecular basis.
Keywords: ITS, Malakand, new species, stalked puffballs, Tulostoma
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