Family Sparassidaceae Herter

[part of antrodia clade]

Sparassis has not been recorded in the Chicago Region. MycoPortal (2017) has one specimen of S. crispa and one observation of S. spathulata in southern Illinois, four records for Indiana of S. spathulata, and two Sparassis collections for Wisconsin. These are the two species in the Midwest and also eastern North America. S. radicata is the species in western North America. Sparassis americana, described by Petersen in 2013, is found in the east and Arizona.

  1. Sparassis, S. americana, S. crispa, S. radicata, S. spathulata

Taxon Details and Links

Compare Index Fungorum and Mycobank.

  • Sparassidaceae Herter, in Warnstorf et al., Krypt.-Fl. Brandenburg (Leipzig) 6(1): 167 (1910). Type: Sparassis Fr. 1819.
Further work is required to decide whether any additional genera belong in this family.
Kuo, M. 2009 (January). Sparassis spathulata and Sparassis crispa: The eastern cauliflower mushrooms. MushroomExpert.Com.
Justo, A., O. Miettinen, D. Floudas, B. Ortiz-Santana, E. Sjökvist, D. Lindner, K. K. Nakasone, T. Niemelä, K.-H. Larsson, L. Ryvarden, D.S. Hibbett. 2017. A revised family-level classification of the Polyporales (Basidiomycota), Fungal Biology 121(9): 798-824. DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2017.05.010 [PDF available at Justo Publications]
Hughes, K. W., A. Reboredo Segovia, R. H Petersen. 2014. Transatlantic disjunction in fleshy fungi. I. The Sparassis crispa complex. Mycological Progress 13(2): 407-427. DOI: 10.1007/s11557-013-0927-1
Nakasone, K. K. 1984. Taxonomy of Crustoderma (Aphyllophorales, Corticiaceae). Mycologia 76(1): 40-50. DOI: 10.2307/3792834
Index Fungorum

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