Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions
Oman, Sarah , White, Merlin .
Baltomyces, a rare and unusual gut fungus newly discovered in Idaho isopods: 1st report since the original genus description.
Trichomycetes, a former class of fungi now recognized as an ecological group, are found within the guts of insects and other arthropods that live in freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats. Commonly referred to as “gut fungi”, they are found worldwide wherever their hosts exist. The traditional class Trichomycetes included four orders: Amoebidiales, Eccrinales, Asellariales and Harpellales. The first two are now known to be protistan members with the Harpellales and Asellariales still considered to be fungal orders. The Asellariales are a small and understudied group, currently with three genera, including the monotypic genus Baltomyces Cafaro. Baltomyces styrax was first described by Cafaro (1999) from the hindguts of aquatic isopods collected in a Louisiana swamp. The taxonomic placement of Baltomyces is curious, based on morphology, and it may even deserve its own order. We have discovered a population of isopods in a pond in Boise, Idaho that harbor a species of Baltomyces. We add this location to other unpublished records in the USA for this first report of the genus beyond the original publication a decade ago. Our interest in this newly discovered population of Baltomyces is to gather further information on its morphology and accession voucher material for necessary future molecular systematic studies.
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White Mycology Laboratory
1 - Boise State University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1515
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM