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Coniella lustricola, a new species from submerged detritus


The draft genome, morphological description, and phylogenetic placement of Coniella lustricola sp. nov. (Schizoparmeaceae) are provided. The species was isolated from submerged detritus in a fen at Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania, USA and differs from all other Coniella species by having ellipsoid to fusoid, inequilateral conidia that are rounded on one end and truncate or obtuse on the other end, with a length to width ratio of 2.8. The draft genome is 36.56 Mbp and consists of 870 contigs on 634 scaffolds (L50 = 0.14 Mb, N50 = 76 scaffolds), with 0.5% of the scaffold length in gaps. It contains 11,317 predicted gene models, including predicted genes for cellulose, hemicellulose, and xylan degradation, as well as predicted regions encoding for amylase, laccase, and tannase enzymes. Many members of the Schizoparmeaceae are plant pathogens of agricultural crops. This draft genome represents the first sequenced Coniella genome and will be a valuable tool for comparisons among pathogenic Coniella species.

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