Submitted to: Omphalina
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/26/2014
Publication Date: 2/28/2014
Citation: Voitk, A., Burzynski, M., O'Donnell, K., Voitk, M., Marceau, A. 2014. Mel-36 – preliminary description of a new morel species. Omphalina. V(2):7-10. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: A pilot survey of true morels (Morchella) of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), employing phylogenetic analyses of multilocus DNA sequence data, resulted in the discovery of a novel species that is currently only known from NL and New Brunswick. This unnamed species was informally designated Morchella sp. nov. [Mel-36] to distinguish it from the macro- and microscopically similar Eastern North American species, M angusticeps [Mel-15] and M. septentrionalis [Mel-24]. Collections of Mel-36 form genealogically exclusive lineage within the Elata subclade that appears to be a sister to the Mel-19 and Mel-20 clade. This novel species together with Mel-19 will be formally described in a separate report using genotypic and phenotypic data collected in the present study.