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Abstract

Fungi are ubiquitous organisms with a wide distribution in almost all ecosystems, including marine environments. Coastal and estuarine ecosystems remain poorly unexplored as fungal habitats, potentially harbouring a hidden diversity with important ecological roles. During an extensive survey of marine fungi in coastal and estuarine Portuguese environments, a collection of 612 isolates was obtained from water, algae, sponges and driftwood. From these, 282 representative isolates were selected through microsatellite-primed PCR (MSP-PCR) fingerprinting analysis, which were identified based on DNA sequence data. The collection yielded 117 taxa from 38 distinct genera, which were identified using DNA sequence analysis. Overall, fungal community composition varied with host/substrate, but the most abundant taxa in the collection were , , and / complex. The occurrence of a high fungal diversity harbouring novel species was disclosed. Through a multilocus phylogeny based on ITS, and sequences, in conjunction with morphological and physiological data, we propose sp. nov. and sp. nov.

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • Ana C. Esteves , Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia , (Award CEECINST/00137/2018)
  • Micael F.M. Gonçalves , Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia , (Award SFRH/BD/129020/2017)
  • Not Applicable , Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia , (Award UIDB/50017/2020+UIDP/50017/2020)
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