Trogia cantharelloides, Panama
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Marasmiaceae
Genus: Trogia
Fr. (1835)
Type species
Trogia aplorutis
(Mont.) Fr. (1835)

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Trogia is a genus of fungi in the family Marasmiaceae. It is named after a Swiss mycologist Jacob Gabriel Trog. The genus contains about 20 species that are widely distributed in tropical areas.


The genus was first circumscribed by Elias Magnus Fries in 1835.[1] He set the type species as Trogia montagnei, a species that had been described by French mycologist Camille Montagne in 1834 as Cantharellus aplorutis.[2] The type has since been lost, and as a result, there has been some historical disagreement as to the boundaries of the genus. The British botanist Edred John Henry Corner emended the genus in 1966 to include 56 species.[3] Rolf Singer disagreed with this broad species concept in the fourth edition of his Agaricales in Modern Taxonomy (1986), and only included three species: T. cantharelloides, T. buccinalis, and T. montagnei. He considered most of the species included by Corner as better placed in genera like Hemimycena, Mycena, Gerronema, Hydropus, and Hymenogloea.[4] Corner later defended his species concept in a 1991 publication.[5][6] The 10th edition of the Dictionary of the Fungi (2008) estimates there are about 20 species in the genus.[7]


The genus contains species with clitocyboid (gilled mushrooms that lack partial veils and feature white, yellowish, or pinkish spore prints) to omphalinoid (mushroom with a decurrent gill attachment, a cartilage-like stem, a broad or depressed cap surface and lacking a ring and volva) fruit body types. The fruit bodies are tough when dry, but can revive when moistened. They grow on rotting wood or woody material.[4]


Species in the genus are found in tropical and subtropical areas.[4] Trogia cantharelloides (Mont.) Pat. is a widespread neotropical species,[8] recorded from Puerto Rico,[9] and Cuba among other places.


As a wood-rotting fungus genus, species of Trogia have enzymes that break down lignin, a complex polysaccharide that is largely responsible for giving wood its strength. Trogia buccinalis has been investigated for its ability to use these enzymes to break down common pollutant molecules such as anthracene, pentachlorophenol, and polyvinylchloride.[10]

Yunnan Sudden Death Syndrome

Main article: Yunnan Sudden Death Syndrome

One species, Trogia venenata,[11] colloquially known as "little white" has been implicated in the deaths of around 400 people in Yunnan province, southwestern China. Appearing after local rainfall, the mushrooms contain toxic amino acids and seem to be cardiotoxic in susceptible people,[12] causing fatal arrhythmia. The amino acids are not used in proteins, and one is new to science, According to taxonomist Yang Zhuliang, Trogia was not previously thought to contain poisonous species. A team led by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Zeng Guang suggests that the element barium, present in local foods and contaminated water, may increase the toxicity of the Trogia mushroom.[13]

However, in December 2012 it was announced that Dr Xu Jianping (徐建平) has been collecting samples of trogia venenata in Yunnan for the past three years, and his research now shows that barium levels in the wild mushroom are no higher than those of common foods such as poultry and fish. Nonetheless, it appears the mushroom will still likely play a role. Since publication of the widely-circulated 2010 Science article, no instances of Yunnan sudden death syndrome have been reported.


  • Trogia aplorutis
  • Trogia buccinalis
  • Trogia calyculus
  • Trogia cantharelloides
  • Trogia crinipelliformi
  • Trogia cyanea
  • Trogia holochlora
  • Trogia icterina
  • Trogia inaequalis
  • Trogia infundibuliformis
  • Trogia lilaceogrisea
  • Trogia mellaea
  • Trogia montagnea
  • Trogia pleurotoides
  • Trogia steriodes
  • Trogia subviridis
  • Trogia venenata

See also

Fungi portal
  • List of Marasmiaceae genera


External links

  • Index Fungorum.
  • MycoBank.
  • (Trogia ) at Commons
  • Encyclopedia of Life
  • ) at BioLib
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility
  • Animal Diversity Web

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