Pseudostrickeria Q. Tian, Wanas., Camporesi & K.D. Hyde, in Tian et al., Fungal Divers. 74: 267– 324 (2015).
MycoBank number: MB 551598; Index Fungorum number: IF 551598; Facesoffungi number: FoF 01032; 3 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 3 species with molecular data.
Type species – Pseudostrickeria muriformis Wanas., Q. Tian, Camporesi & K.D. Hyde, in Tian et al., Fungal Divers. 74: 267–324 (2015).
Notes – Tian et al. (2015) established Pseudostrickeria to accommodate Pseudostrickeria muriformis and Pseudostrickeria ononidis based on morphological characters and multi-gene phylogenetic analysis. Subsequently, P. rosae was introduced with strong bootstrap support (Wanasinghe et al. 2018c). It is characterized by semi-immersed to erumpent, broadly oblong, globose to subglobose, dark brown to black, coriaceous, ostiolate ascomata, bitunicate, cylindrical to cylindric-clavate, short or bulbous pedicellate asci and ellipsoidal, hyaline to brown, muriform, 3–6 transversely septate, 1–4 longitudinal septate ascospores (Tian et al. 2015, Wanasinghe et al. 2018c). Pseudostrickeria ressembles Gemmamyces, Melanocucurbitaria, Muriformistrickeria and Praetumpfia in having muriform ascospores in Melanommataceae. However, Pseudostrickeria species lack pseudoparaphyses which make them distinct from the above-mentioned genera in Melanommataceae (Tian et al. 2015, Wanasinghe et al. 2018c). In addition, Pseudostrickeria is phylogenetically distinct form other genera with strong support in multi-gene phylogenetic analyses (Fig. 109).
Figure 109 – Phylogram generated from maximum likelihood analysis (RAxML) of genera in Melanommataceae based on ITS, LSU, and SSU sequence data. Maximum likelihood bootstrap values equal or above 70 %, Bayesian posterior probabilities equal or above 0.90 (MLBS/PP) are given at the nodes. An original isolate number is noted after the species name. The tree is rooted to Amniculicola parva (CBS 123092). The ex-type strains are indicated in bold. Hyphen (-) represents support values below 70 % MLBS and 0.90 PP.