Why Mycophoris is not an orchid seedling, and why Synaptomitus is not a fungal symbiont within this fossil

Selosse, Marc-Andre and Brundrett, Mark and Dearnaley, John and Merckx, Vincent S. F. T. and Rasmussen, Finn and Zettler, Lawrence W. and Rasmussen, Hanne N. (2017) Why Mycophoris is not an orchid seedling, and why Synaptomitus is not a fungal symbiont within this fossil. Botany, 95 (9). pp. 865-868. ISSN 1916-2790


A recent publication in Botany introduced two new taxa: a fossil orchid seed (Mycophoris) and a fossilized basidiomycete fungus (Synaptomitus) in an alleged relationship with this orchid, encased in 15–20 million year old Dominican amber (Poinar, G. 2017. Two new genera, Mycophoris gen. nov., (Orchidaceae) and Synaptomitus gen. nov. (Basidiomycota) based on a fossil seed with developing embryo and associated fungus in Dominican amber. Botany, 95: 1–8). From the working knowledge of extant orchid seeds, seedlings, and mycorrhiza shared among us, we cannot support these interpretations. Here we analyse: (i) why Mycophoris may not be an orchid seed, (ii) why Mycophoris is not a germinating seed, (iii) why fungal hyphae and a symbiotic fungus are absent in Mycophoris, and (iv) why Synaptomitus is likely not a fossil basidiomycete.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 04:42
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dominican amber, microspermy, Mycophoris, orchid mycorrhizal fungi, Synaptomitus
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2017-0038
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33172

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