Pilaira australis sp. nov. (Mucorales, Mucoromycota) isolated from emu faeces in Australia

Andrew S. Urquhart*, Pauline M. L. Coulon, Alexander Idnurm

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Pilaira australis, a new species of fungus in the coprophilous genus Pilaira, was isolated from emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) faeces and is described. Morphologically, the species resembles other species in the genus, particularly P. moreaui, except differs in its unique combination of sporangiophore height and sporangiospore length. Molecular phylogenetic analysis indicates that P. australis is distinct from other species in the genus with two regions, the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) and a fragment of the pyrG gene, showing 91% and 90% identity to the nearest species, respectively. Ultrastructure features and carbon utilisation were determined for P. australis, and may provide characteristics for species identification in this genus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbohydrate assimilation
  • Molecular phylogeny
  • Morphology
  • Mucoromycotina


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