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Associate Professor Wang Fengjian Discovered a New Species of Xanthagaricus

On October 5, an essay of A New Species and a New Record of Xanthagaricus (Agaricaceae, Agaricales) from China was published on Phytotaxa, one of the world's foremost journals of botanical systematics and biodiversity, which described and named a new species of Xanthagaricus  Xanthagaricus ianthinus Y. Li & F.J. Wang (蓝紫黄蘑菇), co-named by Li Yu, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Wang Fengjian, an associate professor of College of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering of Hanjiang Normal University.

Xanthagaricus ianthinus Y. Li & F.J. Wang

Xanthagaricus ianthinus differs from Xanthagaricus caeruleus in having a bluish violet pileus and yellowish white to pinkish white lamellulae, first found in Shiyan Longquan Temple Tourist Area, Hubei Province, in 2016. In the next two years, morphological observations, molecular studies and taxonomy descriptions had been conducted to verify the characters of this new species. Through DNA comparison, X.ianthinus is clearly separated from other Xanthagaricus species, which is confirmed as a new one.

Xanthagaricus epipastus (Berk. & Broome) Hussain, was found to be a new record of Xanthagaricus from China, during the same process of the study.

Xanthagaricus epipastus

This work was supported by Hubei Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China.

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