Phaeosphaeriopsis omaniana (Phaeosphaeriaceae, Pleosporales), a novel fungus from Oman

Asma J. Al-Jaradi, Sajeewa S.N. Maharachchikumbura*, Abdullah M. Al-Sadi

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A fungus within the genus Phaeosphaeriaceae was isolated from brown leaf spot samples of Dracaena serrulata Baker (Yemen dragon tree) collected from Oman Botanic Garden, Muscat, Oman. Detailed morphological studies showed that this strain fits well within the species concept of the genus Phaeosphaeriopsis. Multilocus phylogeny based on LSU, ITS and TEF confirmed its uniqueness and supports its recognition as a new species, Phaeosphaeriopsis omaniana. Geography, pathogenic life mode and subglobose, smooth and brown conidia of the newly described species clearly differ from those of phylogenetically related species. A comprehensive description and illustrations of the new species, P. omaniana is provided and discussed with comparable taxa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • 1 new species
  • Asexual morph
  • Desert
  • Dothideomycetes
  • Phylogeny
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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