Phylum Basidiomycota Whittaker ex Moore

[basidium fungi]

This Phylum, or Division, is also known as the basidiomycetes (previously at the level of Class). This group includes most of the mushrooms and jelly fungi, as well as the plant parasites known as rusts and smuts. All of these club fungi have their sexual spores produced on the outside of a club-shaped cell, the basidium. Another character of this group, the clamp connection, found at septa, seems to assist with nuclear division of the dikaryon (bi-nucleate cells). There are three Subphyla (Subdivisions).

  • Agaricomycotina (4 classes, 28 orders)
    1. Agaricomycetes
    2. Dacrymycetes
    3. Tremellomycetes
    4. Wallemiomycetes (Wallemia, Geminibasidium)
  • Pucciniomycotina (9 classes, 20 orders, 37 families)
    1. Agaricostilbomycetes
    2. Atractiellomycetes
    3. Classiculomycetes
    4. Cryptomycocolacomycetes
    5. Cystobasidiomycetes
    6. Microbotryomycetes
    7. Mixiomycetes
    8. Pucciniomycetes
    9. Tritirachiomycetes
  • Ustilaginomycotina (2 classes, 10 orders, 27 families)
    1. Exobasidiomycetes
    2. Ustilaginomycetes

Taxon Details and Links

  • Basidiomycota Whittaker ex Moore, Botanica Marina 23(6): 371 (1980). Type: none designated.
Some jelly fungi are now found in the Agaricomycetes: the ground-dwelling and ectomycorrhizal Sebacina (with Tremellodendron) have been moved to the Sebacinales; Auricularia, Exidia and relatives are now in Auriculariales. Entorrhiza (Entorrhizomycetes) are either basal to the Basidiomycota or to the Dikarya.
This publication seems a humble beginning for Kingdom Fungi and this phylum: Moore, R.T. 1980. Taxonomic proposals for the classification of marine yeasts and other yeast-like fungi including the smuts. Botanica Marina. 23(6): 361-373.
Tree of Life (2007): Basidiomycota
Tree of Life (2007): Agaricomycotina
Tree of Life (2007): Pucciniomycotina
Tree of Life (2007): Ustilaginomycotina
Wikipedia: Basidiomycota
Wikipedia: Agaricomycotina
Wikipedia: Pucciniomycotina
Wikipedia: Ustilaginomycotina
Hibbett, D. S., M. Blackwell, T. Y. James, J. W. Spatafora, J. W. Taylor, and R. Vilgalys. 2018. Phylogenetic taxon definitions for Fungi, Dikarya, Ascomycota and Basidiomycota. IMA Fungus 9(2): 291–298. DOI: 10.5598/imafungus.2018.09.02.05
Matheny, P. B., Z. Wang, M. Binder, J. M. Curtis, Y. W. Lim, R. H. Nilsson, K. W. Hughes, V. Hofstetter , J. F. Ammirati, C. L. Schoch, E. Langer, G. Langer, D. J. McLaughlin, A. W. Wilson, T. Frøslev, Z.-W. Ge, R. W. Kerrigan, J. C. Slot, Z.-L. Yang, T. J. Baroni, M. Fischer, K. Hosaka, K. Matsuura, M. T. Seidl, J. Vauras, D. S. Hibbett . 2007. Contributions of rpb2 and tef1 to the phylogeny of mushrooms and allies (Basidiomycota, Fungi). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43: 430–451. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2006.08.024 [PDF available at Matheny Lab Publications.]
McLaughlin, D. J. and J. W. Spatafora, Eds. 2014. Systematics and Evolution, Second Edition, The Mycota VII Part A. Springer Verlag. [complete volume PDF at Hibbett Lab Publications.]
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