Hydnum ovoideisporum and Hydnum vesterholtii: Newly discovered species of Mushroom

Hydnum ovoideisporum and Hydnum vesterholtii are newly discovered species of Hydnum, commonly known as ox tongue mushrooms, and popular for many edible fungi (in this genus).

These species of mushrooms were reported in the journal Mycologia.

These species of fungi have been found by Ibai Olariaga, Department of Plant Biology and Ecology (Botany), University of the Basque Country, and the team members. They found these species in the Iberian Peninsula. They are different from the other fungi on the basis of specific ecology and the fact that they had ovoid basidiospores, instead of the blastospores in the majority of species.

Hydnum ovoideisporum - newly discovered species of fungi (Credit: UPV/EHU)

Hydnum ovoideisporum is widely found in the Iberian-Mediterranean area. It has pilei with deep orange tones and strong preference for calcareous soil.

Hydnum vesterholtii - newly discoevered species of fungi (Credit: UPV/EHU)

Hydnum vesterholtii has a specific ocher to light ocher pileus, and nearly all the specimens were made in the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe.

These species are not poisonous.


Ibai Olariaga, Tine Grebenc, Isabel Salcedo, María P. Martín, (2012). Two new species of Hydnum with ovoid basidiospores: H. ovoideisporum and H. Vesterholtii. Mycologia, doi: 10.3852/11-378.


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