Paxillaceae

Paxillaceae

The Paxillaceae is a family of mushrooms bearing close affinity to the Boletes. It contains the genera Paxillus, containing fungi with decurrent gills, and Gyrodon, which has members with decurrent pores, among others. French mycologist René Maire had erected the family in 1902, placing it between the agarics and boletes and recognizing the groups' similarities with the latter group. More recent molecular research confirms the relations of Gyrodon, with the decurrent-pored mushroom G. lividus, and Paxillus as sister groups, together lying near the base of a tree from which the genus Boletus arises.

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