Six New Recorded Species of Macrofungi on Gayasan National Park in Korea

Research Note
Nam Kyu Kim1Minkyeong Kim2Jin Sung Lee3Jae Young Park4Changmu Kim5*


The fungi play important roles in maintaining the balance and homeostasis of natural ecosystems. We investigated fungal specimens indigenous to the Gayasan National Park located in the deep inlands of southeastern Korea from 2017-2020. Six fungal species in the Korean macromycota–Chiua olivaceoreticulata, Entoloma conchatum, Galerina sulciceps, Hebeloma radicosoides, Spongiporus gloeoporus, and Tricholoma sinoacerbum–were identified based on morphological characteristics and rDNA sequences. The six fungal speices were newly revealed on the Korean Peninsula, and it supports that the continuous investigaton is the best way to realize the mycosis.


Gayasan National Park is located in the deep inlands of southeastern Korea and covers an area of 77 km2. It borders on Hapcheon-gun and Geochang-gun of Gyeongsangnam-do, and Seongju-gun of Gyeongsangbuk-do. The National Institute of Biological Resources surveyed the Gayasan National Park 31 times over 4 years from 2017 to 2020 and collected about 1,000 mushroom specimens. Initially, we referred to published descriptions to identify each specimen on the basis of its macroscopic and microscopic features [1-10]. Measurements and drawings were made using a Nikon eclipse 80i microscope (Nikon, Tokyo, Japan). Moreover, from each specimen 20 basidiospores and basidia were randomly evaluated (Fig. 1). To identify the specimens at the molecular level, total DNA was extracted from dried specimens using an AccuPrep Genomic DNA Extraction Kit (Bioneer, Daejeon, Korea). Subsequently, DNA was amplified and sequenced at the DNA Synthesis and Sequencing Facility, Macrogen (Seoul, Korea), using primers specific for the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) ITS1F and ITS4B [11]. The sequenced DNA were edited using the MEGA 5 software [12] and deposited at GenBank (accession numbers: MZ854164-MZ854166, Z854348-MZ854353). Identities of the fungal species were confirmed by comparing their sequences with GenBank reference sequences using BLASTn (Table 1). A neighbor-joining phylogenetic tree was constructed using the MEGA 5 software with Jukes-Cantor correction. Additionally, the robustness of inferred neighbor-joining topologies was tested with 1,000 bootstrap replicates (Fig. 2). Subsequently, all fungal species were enumerated and taxonomically classified by morphological and phylogenetic analyses. The Mycobank database (http://www. was used to classify the species into taxa and assign them a nomenclature.

Table 1. Closest GenBank matches of 6 undescribed species in this study.

LSU, large subunit ; ITS, internal transcribed spacers.

Fig. 1. Fruiting bodies and microscopic features of (A) Chiua olivaceoreticulata, (B) Entoloma conchatum, (C) Galerina sulciceps, (D) Hebeloma radicosoides, (E) Spongiporus gloeoporus, and (F) Tricholoma sinoacerbum. Scale bar: 1 cm. a, basidiospores; b, basidiaand basidioles; c, cystidia; d, gelatinous hyphae. Scale bar: 10 μm.

We collected 267 macrofungal species from the Gayasan National Park and classified them into 2 phyla, 5 classes, 19 orders, 59 families, and 146 genera. Among them, 112 species belonged to the order Agaricales; 17 species, including Amanita caesareoides, were the most diverse species belonging to the genus Amanita. In addition, our paper reports six species that have never been reported in Korea: Chiua olivaceoreticulata, Entoloma conchatum, Galerina sulciceps, Hebeloma radicosoides, Spongiporus gloeoporus, and Tricholoma sinoacerbum. The boletoid specimen was identified using the nuclear large subunit (nLSU) rDNA sequence analysis, while other specimens were identified using the ITS sequence analysis (Fig. 2). Three specimens (NIBRFG0000508514, NIBRFG0000508549, and NIBRFG0000508552) formed a monophyletic clade with Chiua olivaceorediculata (bootstrap=59%; sequence similarity: 99.8-100%). Moreover, they showed 99.2–99.4% sequence similarity with C. angusticystidiata and 98.1-98.2% with C. viridula (Fig. 2A). Whereas, NIBRFG0000508463 formed a monophyletic clade with E. conchatum (bootstrap=99%; sequence similarity: 100%) and had 97.2-97.7% sequence similarity with E. pleurotoides (Fig. 2B). The specimen NIBRFG0000507914 formed a monophyletic clade with G. sulciceps (bootstrap=100%; sequence similarity: 99.8-100%) and had a 95.7% sequence similarity with G. patagonica (Fig. 2C). On the other hand, NIBRFG0000508444 formed a monophyletic clade with H. radicosoides (bootstrap=100%; sequence similarity: 99.8-100%) and exhibited 96.7-96.9% sequence similarity with H. birrus (Fig. 2D). Furthermore, NIBRFG0000509343 formed a monophyletic clade with S. gloeoporus (bootstrap support=100%; sequence similarity, 99.8-100.0%). It exhibited 95.4-96.0% sequence similarity with S. floriformis and 95.6% sequence similarity with S. zebra (Fig. 2E). Additionally, the two specimens NIBRFG0000508511 and NIBRFG0000508519 formed a monophyletic clade with T. sinoacerbum (bootstrap support=100%; sequence similarity: 99.8-100.0%; Fig. 2F).

Fig. 2. Neighbor-joining tree of 6 unrecorded species constructed using (A) LSU rDNA and (B-F) internal transcribed spacer sequences. Bootstrap scores of >50 are presented at the nodes. The scale bar indicates the number of nucleotide substitutions per site. Samples from the present study are indicated in bold. A, Chiua olivaceoreticulata; B, Entoloma conchatum; C, Galerina sulciceps; D, Hebeloma radicosoides; E, Spongiporus gloeoporus; F, Tricholoma sinoacerbum.

Lee et al. (2020) reported 17 unrecorded species such as Crepidotus crocophyllus from Gayasan National Park [13]. Although there is a lack of research in Gayasan National Park, it is thought that intensive research has increased the possibility to find new species. Fungi have a very limited basidiocarp forming period, making it difficult to collect and observe. The best way to overcome this is to conduct a collection survey over a long period of time for the specified research place. Among the collected specimens, there are still some that have caused confusion in identification, and if identification is completed, additional discovery of new or unrecorded species is possible.


Basidiomycota R.T. Moore

Agaricomycetes Doweld

Boletales E.-J. Gilbert

Boletaceae Chevall.

1. Chiua olivaceoreticulata Yan C. Li & Zhu L. Yang, Fungal Diversity 81: 78 (2016) (Jin-No-Ran-Gue-Mul-Beo-Seot, 진노란그물버섯)

Pileus hemispherical when young, becoming plane when mature, 40-85 mm diam. Upper surface dark green to yellowish green, paler towards margin, with fibrillose to tomentose. Pore surface depressed around apex of stipe, white when young, pinkish with age. Pores angular, 2-3 per mm, without discoloration when bruised. Stipe subcylindrical to narrow clavate, 50-80×15-25 mm, reddish pink in the upper part, yellow to bright yellow downward.

Basidia clavate, 30-45×8-10 μm, with 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores subfusiform, 10.5-12.5×4-5.5 μm, colorless, smooth. Pleuro and cheilo-cystidia cylindrical to subcylidrical, 30-45×4-7 μm, colorless, smooth.

Remarks: Chiua is the genus first reported in Korea from this study. C. olivaceoreticulata is characterised by dark green to yellowish green pileus and white to pinkish pore surface.

Specimen examined: Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 20 Aug 2020, NIBRFG0000508552 (GenBank accession no. MZ854164), NIBRFG0000508549 (GenBank accession no. MZ854165), NIBRFG0000508514 (GenBank accession no. MZ854166).

Agaricales Underw.

Entolomatacea Kotl. & Pouzar

2. Entoloma conchatum Xiao L. He & E. Horak, MycoKeys 61: 5 (2019) (So-Ra-Oe-Dae-Beo-Seot, 소라외대버섯)

Pileus conchate in ventral view, broadly convex in side view, 7-15 mm diam. Upper surface white when young, becoming orange-white when mature, with tomentose. Lamellae adnexed, subdistant, white at first, becoming pinkish when mature. Context white, tine. Stipe absent or sometimes slightly developed, white fibrils, base with white mycelium.

Basidia subclavate, 30-35×10-12 µm, 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores polygonal (5-6 angled), 8-10.5×6-8 μm, with apiculus.

Remarks: E. conchatum is characterised by small size pileus, pinkish lamellae, polygonal (5-6 angled) basidiospores.

Specimen examined: Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 6 Aug 2020, NIBRNIBRFG0000508463 (GenBank accession no. MZ870348).

Hymenogastraceae Vittad

3. Galerina sulciceps (Berk.) Boedijn, Sydowia 5 (3-6): 224 (1951) (Jeok-Gal-Saek-E-Mil-Jong- Beo-Seot, 적갈색에밀종버섯)

Pileus convex at first, becoming slightly depressed in the center when mature, 20-30 mm diam. Upper surface dark rusty to dark vinaceous brown, smooth, subgelatinous. Lamellae distant, broadly adnate to slightly decurrent, concolorous with upper surface, with lamellulae. Stipe subcylindrical, 10-25×2-3 mm, concolorous with pileus or darker, solid.

Basidia cylindrical to slightly club-shaped, 32-44×5-6 µm with 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores ellipsoid to almond-shaped, 7.0-9.5×4.5-5.5 µm, yellowish brown.

Remarks: G. sulciceps is characterised by dark rusty to dark vinaceous brown, subgelatinous pileus, ellipsoid to almond-shape basidiospores.

Specimen examined: Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 8 Jul 2020, NIBRNIBRFG0000507914 (GenBank accession no. MZ870349).

Strophariaceae Singer & A.H. Sm.

4. Hebeloma radicosoides Sagara, Hongo & Y. Murak., Mycol. Res. 104(8): 1017 (2000) (Ppu-Ri- Ja-Gal-Beo-Seot-Bu-Chi, 뿌리자갈버섯부치)

Pileus hemispherical with incurved margin when young, becoming broadly convex or plane with obtusely umbonate when mature 50-70 mm diam. Upper surface pale yellow, light yellow, with brown scales, viscid to glutinous when wet. Lamellae adnexed, crowded, whitish when young, becoming light brown when mature. Stipe slightly tapering toward apex with swollen base and pseudorhiza, 60-100×10-15 mm, white, squamulose, solid to stuffed. Annulus membranous, brown, movable.

Basidia clavate to subclavate, 20-25×5-8µm, with 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores subamygdaliform, 8.5-11.0×4.5-5.5 µm, finely punctate.

Remarks: H. radicosoides is characterised by pale yellow, light yellow, with brown scales pileus, swollen base with pseudorhiza stipe, movable annulus.

Specimen examined:Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 9 Jul 2020, NIBRFG0000508444 (GenBank accession no. MZ870350).

Polyporales Gäum.

Dacryobolaceae Jülich

5. Spongiporus gloeoporus (L.L. Shen, B.K. Cui & Y.C. Dai) B.K. Cui, L.L. Shen & Y.C. Dai, Persoonia 42: 122 (2018) (Kkeun-Jeok-Hae-Myeon-Gu-Meong-Beo-Seot, 끈적해면구멍버섯)

Basidiocarp annual, sessile. Pileus flabelliform, 50×80 mm and 10 mm thick at base. Upper surface velutinate, sinuous, white colored when young, becoming cream to greyish when wet, margin concolorous with pileal surface. Pore surface white when fresh, becoming buff when dry, pores angular, 3-4 per mm, glue pores when dry. Context white to cream, up to 5 mm thick, corky. Tubes concolorous with pore surface, up to 2 mm long.

Hyphal system monomitic; generative hyphae with clamp connections, hyaline, 3-5 µm in diam.Basidia clavate, 12-18×4-5 μm, with 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores ellipsoid, 3.5-4.5×2-2.5 μm, hyaline, thin-walled, smooth.

Remarks: Spongiporus is the genus first reported in Korea from this study. S. gloeoporus is characterized by flabelliform and white to cream color pileus, glue pores when dry.

Specimen examined: Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 8 Jul 2020, NIBRFG0000509343 (GenBank accession no. MZ870351).

Agaricales Underw.

Tricholomataceae R. Heim ex Pouzar

6. Tricholoma sinoacerbum T.H. Li, Iqbal Hosen &Ting Li, Mycoscience 57 (4): 234 (2016) (Gub-Eun-Sseun-Song-I, 굽은쓴송이)

Pileus hemispherical to convex when young, becoming plano-convex, with slightly incurved margin, 50-110 mm diam. Upper surface cream-colored to pale yellow at margin and brownish buff at center, smooth, slightly viscid when wet. Context white, solid, 5-10 mm thick. Lamellae adnate, crowded, white to yellowish white. Stipe cylindrical to slightly tapering toward apex, slightly curve, 70-120×12-18 mm, dull white with whitish mycelium at base.

Basidia clavate to narrowly clavate, 18-23×5-7 μm, hyaline, thin-walled, with 4-sterigmata. Basidiospores globose to subglubose, 3.0-5.5×3.5-4.0 μm, thin-walled, pale yellowish, smooth, with apiculus.

Remarks: T. sinoacerbum is characterized by cream-colored to pale yellow pileus, basidiospores globose to subglubose.

Specimen examined: Korea. Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun, Gayasan National Park, 20 Aug 2020, NIBRFG0000508511 (GenBank accession no. MZ870352), NIBRFG0000508519 (GenBank accession no. MZ870353).


This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), funded by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the Republic of Korea [NIBR202102107].


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