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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Cyphellaceae
Ginns (1988)
Type species
Thujacorticium mirabile
Ginns (1988)

T. mirabile
T. zurhausenii

Thujacorticium is a genus of corticioid fungi in the Cyphellaceae family. The genus, circumscribed by J. Ginns in 1988, [1] contains two species. [2]

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

Corticioid fungi

The corticioid fungi are a group of fungi in the Basidiomycota typically having effused, smooth basidiocarps that are formed on the undersides of dead tree trunks or branches. They are sometimes colloquially called crust fungi or patch fungi. Originally such fungi were referred to the genus Corticium and subsequently to the family Corticiaceae, but it is now known that all corticioid species are not necessarily closely related. The fact that they look similar is an example of convergent evolution. Since they are often studied as a group, it is convenient to retain the informal (non-taxonomic) name of "corticioid fungi" and this term is frequently used in research papers and other texts.

Cyphellaceae family of fungi

The Cyphellaceae are a family of fungi in the Agaricales order. The family contains 16 genera and, in 2008, 31 species.

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Hymenochaetales order of fungi in the class Agaricomycetes

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Clavulinaceae family of fungi

The Clavulinaceae are a family of fungi in the order Cantharellales. The family is not well defined, but currently comprises species of clavarioid fungi as well as some corticioid fungi. These species are nutritionally diverse, some being ectomycorrhizal, others wood-rotting saprotrophs, others lichenized, and yet others lichenicolous.

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Corticiaceae family of fungi

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Amylobasidium is a fungal genus in the family Corticiaceae. It is a monotypic genus, containing the single species Amylobasidium tsugae. First reported by J. Ginns in 1988, it was found growing on wood and in the bark crevices of logs of Tsuga mertensiana from the volcanic peaks in the cordillera of western North America.

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<i>Clavulicium</i> genus of fungi

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  1. Ginns J. (1988). "New genera and species of lignicolous Aphyllophorales". Mycologia . 80 (1): 63–71. doi:10.2307/3807494.
  2. Nakasone KK. (2008). "Type studies of corticioid Hymenomycetes described by Bresadola". Cryptogamie, Mycologie. 29 (3): 231–57.