Genus Cryptoporus (Peck) Shear

[veiled polypore]

This is an odd type of polypore with a covering under the pore layer. Two species have been described.

  1. Cryptoporus sinensis, China; has smaller basidiospores (7.5–10 x 4–5 μm).
  2. Cryptoporus volvatus, North America and East Asia.

Taxon Details and Links

  • Cryptoporus (Peck) Shear, Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 29: 450 (1902). Type: Polyporus volvatus Peck, Ann. Rep. N.Y. St. Mus. nat. Hist. 27: 98 (1875) [1874].
  • ≡ Basionym: Polyporus section Cryptoporus Peck, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 7 (10): 104 (1880)
Cryptoporus is in a large clade with Perenniporia, Ganoderma and other genera. Jülich (1981) created the family Cryptoporaceae for this genus.
Sheng H. Wu & M. Zang. 2000. Cryptoporus sinensis sp. nov., a new polypore found in China. Mycotaxon 74(2): 415-422. [available here Mycotaxon Vol. 74.]
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