Two strains (NYNU 121010T and NYNU 121032) of a novel basidiomycetous yeast species belonging to the genus Sympodiomycopsis were isolated from insect frass collected from trunks of a pagoda tree (Sophora japonica L.) in Yantai, Shandong province, east China. The sequence analyses of the D1/D2 domain of the large subunit (LSU) rRNA gene and the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region indicated that the closest relatives were Sympodiomycopsis kandeliae FIRDI 007T, Sympodiomycopsis paphiopedili CBS 7429T and Sympodiomycopsis sp. S6A. The D1/D2 sequences of the novel strains differed by 12 nt substitutions (2 %) from the type strain of S. kandeliae, and by 13 nt substitutions (2.2 %) from the type strain of S. paphiopedili and from Sympodiomycopsis sp. S6A. The novel strains differed from closely related species by more than 4.6 % substitutions in the ITS region. The novel strains can also be distinguished from S. kandeliae and S. paphiopedili on the basis of a number of morphological and physiological characteristics and represent a novel species in the genus Sympodiomycopsis, for which the name Sympodiomycopsis yantaiensis sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is NYNU 121010T ( = CICC 32998T = CBS 12813T). The Mycobank deposit number is MB 804119.
Three trachelocercid ciliates, Kovalevaia sulcata (Kovaleva, 1966) Foissner, 1997, Trachelocerca sagitta (Müller, 1786) Ehrenberg, 1840 and Trachelocerca ditis (Wright, 1982) Foissner, 1996, isolated from two coastal habitats at Qingdao, China, were investigated using live observation and silver impregnation methods. Data on their infraciliature and morphology are supplied. The small subunit rRNA (SSU rRNA) genes of K. sulcata and Trachelocerca sagitta were sequenced for the first time. Phylogenetic analyses based on SSU rRNA gene sequence data indicate that both organisms, and the previously sequenced Trachelocerca ditis, are located within the trachelocercid assemblage and that K. sulcata is sister to an unidentified taxon forming a clade that is basal to the core trachelocercids.
The morphology and infraciliature of two novel marine scuticociliates, Metanophrys orientalis spec. nov. and Uronemella sinensis spec. nov., collected from sandy beaches at Qingdao, China, were investigated using live observation and protargol-staining methods. Metanophrys orientalis spec. nov. is distinguished by the following characteristics: marine habitat and a slender to elongate oval body with pointed anterior end and rounded caudal end, in vivo about 25–50 µm long; buccal field about a quarter to a third of body length; nine or ten somatic kineties with dikinetids approximately in anterior half of body, monokinetids in posterior half; membranelles 1 and 2 almost equal in length and composed of two and three longitudinal rows of kinetids respectively; paroral membrane with zigzag structure extending anteriorly to middle portion of membranelle 2; contractile vacuole pore located at posterior end of somatic kinety 1. The genus Uronemella is redefined as follows: marine form with an elongate-elliptical or inverted pear-shaped body; apical plate conspicuous; buccal field about two-thirds of body length, cytostome subequatorially located; oral apparatus Uronema-like; somatic kineties comprising a mixture of dikinetids and monokinetids. Uronemella sinensis spec. nov. is recognized by having an elongate-elliptical body with truncated apical frontal plate, size in vivo about 25–35×15–20 µm, nine or ten somatic kineties, membranelle 1 consisting of two or three basal bodies, contractile vacuole pore at posterior end of somatic kinety 1. This study also compared the small-subunit rRNA gene sequences of these two species with other closely related species to show the sequence divergence, which ranged from 3.53 to 9.60 %. Phylogenetic analyses support the contention that the genus Uronemella is monophyletic, while Metanophrys is non-monophyletic.