Genus Phlebia Fr.

[a polyphyletic genus]

This genus Phlebia has been used for a wide variety of species currently spread across three families: Irpicaceae, Meruliaceae, Phanerochaetaceae (see discussion in Justo et al. 2017).

Phlebia radiata is the type species for the genus. The smallest clade containing the type and excluding other genera seems to contain the following taxa based on DNA phylogenies (Binder et al. 2013, Floudas & Hibbett 2015, Justo et al. 2017). More taxa may be added with further investigation.

  1. Phlebia acerina (Merulius acerinus)
  2. Phlebia floridensis
  3. Phlebia lindtneri [not Lilaceophlebia]
  4. Phlebia radiata [type species]
  5. Phlebia rufa (Merulius rufus)
  6. Phlebia setulosa [not Hyphodontia]

The genus Phlebia has priority over Merulius. If the concept for Phlebia is expanded to include Merulius tremellosus then the following taxa would be added (see Binder et al. 2013, Floudas & Hibbett 2015, Justo et al. 2017, and Kuuskeri et al. 2015). This includes Aurantiopileus (three species), Aurantiporus (six to nine species depending on DNA studies) and the ophan Ceriporiopsis pseudoplacenta. [Note, Ceriporiopsis sensu stricto and Lilaceophlebia sensu stricto are in the Meruliaceae but in a different clade with Mycoacia.] It is interesting that some of these species were excluded from Gloeoporus, Hapalopilus, or Tyromyces, indicating morphological similarities to older genus concepts.

  1. Aurantiopileus mayaensis [Type for Aurantiopileus]
  2. Aurantiopileus dolosus (Gloeoporus dolosus, Tyromyces dolosus)
  3. Aurantiopileus pendens (Gloeoporus pendens)
  4. Aurantiporus albidus
  5. Aurantiporus alborubescens (Tyromyces alborubescens)
  6. Aurantiporus croceus (Hapalopilus croceus)
  7. Aurantiporus fissilis (Tyromyces fissilis)
  8. Aurantiporus priscus (Hapalopilus priscus)
  9. Aurantiporus pilotae [Type for Aurantiporus]
  10. Aurantiporus pulcherrimus (Tyromyces pulcherrimus)
  11. Aurantiporus roseus (Ceriporiopsis rosea)
  12. Aurantiporus transformatus (Tyromyces transformatus)
  13. Ceriporiopsis pseudoplacenta
  14. Phlebia brevispora
  15. Phlebia hydnoidea (Merulius hydnoideus, Odontia lateritia)
  16. Phlebia leptospermi
  17. Phlebia nantahaliensis
  18. Phlebia serialis [not Lilaceophlebia]
  19. Phlebia tremellosa (Merulius tremellosus)

Taxon Details and Links

  • Genus Phlebia Fr., Systema Mycologicum 1: 426 (1821)
Phlebia radiata Fr. 1821.
See listed papers for further discussion.
Phlebia radiata by Gary Emberger
Phlebia radiata by Michael Kuo
Binder, M., A. Justo, R. Riley, A. Salamov, F. Lopez-Giraldez, E. Sjökvist, A. Copeland, B. Foster, H. Sun, E. Larsson, K-H. Larsson, J. Townsend, I. V. Grigoriev, and D. S. Hibbett. 2013. Phylogenetic and phylogenomic overview of the Polyporales. Mycologia 105(6): 1350-1373. DOI: 10.3852/13-003
Floudas, D., and D. S. Hibbett. 2015. Revisiting the taxonomy of Phanerochaete (Polyporales, Basidiomycota) using a four gene dataset and extensive ITS sampling. Fungal Biology 119(8): 679-719. DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2015.04.003
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]
Kuuskeri, J., M. R. Mäkelä, J. Isotalo, I. Oksanen, and T. Lundell. 2015. Lignocellulose-converting enzyme activity profiles correlate with molecular systematics and phylogeny grouping in the incoherent genus Phlebia (Polyporales, Basidiomycota). BMC Microbiology 15: 217 (18 pp.). DOI: 10.1186/s12866-015-0538-x
Nakasone, K. K., H.H. Burdsall Jr. 1995. Phlebia species from Eastern and Southeastern United States. Mycotaxon. 54: 335-359. [Mycotaxon available here: MykoWeb - Mycological Journals]
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