A strain of a novel mucoralean fungus was isolated from a nest of the invasive paper wasp, Polistes dominulus. Phylogenetic analysis based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions and 5.8S rRNA gene sequences, along with physiological tests, revealed that this strain represents a novel species within the genus Mucor. The novel species also includes a representative that had previously been characterized as part of the Mucor hiemalis complex. Unlike the type strain of M. hiemalis, these two strains can grow at 37 °C and sporulate at 35 °C. Here, we present a partial resolution of the M. hiemalis species complex and propose the novel species Mucor nidicola sp. nov. to accommodate the isolate; the type strain of M. nidicola is F53T ( = NRRL 54520T = UAMH 11442T = CBS 130359T).
A novel anamorphic yeast, strain LTH 6662T, was isolated from cassava sourdough. The isolate supposedly originated from cassava flour or was a contaminant thereof. Sequencing of the D1/D2 domain of the 26S rRNA gene indicated that strain LTH 6662T represents a novel species. Its closest relatives were members of the Cryptococcus humicola complex. The novel strain had several physiological characteristics that differed from those of related species: the ability to assimilate raffinose and cadaverine; the inability to assimilate soluble starch, xylitol, galactitol, butane-2,3-diol, sodium nitrite and lysine; the ability to grow without vitamins and at 42 °C; and the inability to produce starch-like substances. Its major ubiquinone was Q-10. In addition, buds were formed on small neck-like structures. In liquid medium, green or blue fluorescent substances were produced. The name Cryptococcus thermophilus sp. nov. is proposed, with LTH 6662T ( = DSM 19443T = CBS 10687T) as the type strain.