Melanops tulasnei was collected from dead twigs of Quercus robur in Germany and its identity was confirmed by comparing morphological features with the original description and with the neotype. A multi-gene phylogeny based oil a portion of the 18S nuclear ribosomal gene, the nuclear rRNA Cluster comprising the ITS region Plus the D1/D2 variable domains of the LSU gene, together with the translation elongation factor 1-alpha gene and part of the beta-tubulin gene was constructed. In this phylogeny, M. tulasnei clustered with an isolate of "Botryosphaeria" quercuum near the root of the Botryosphaeriaceae. On account of the morphological and phylogenetic distinctions from other genera in the Botryosphaeriaceae, it is recommended that the genus Melanops should be reinstated. An epitype specimen of M. tulasnei was selected and ex-epitype cultures have been deposited in the public collection of CBS.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|