Glomus intraradices recently underwent a name change to Rhizophagus intraradices. Most of the information still applies to the first name of Glomus intraradices so that is what we explain below. We also explain why this species was thought to belong to each group.


Domain: Eukaryote

Group defined by being a unicellular or multicellular organism with a nucleous that is  membrane-bound.

Major Clade: Opishtokonta

All members of this group had an ancestor that had one posterior flagellum.

Kingdom: Fungi

This group is described as having a cell wall that is made out of chitin unlike the cell walls made of cellulose in plants. The phylogenic tree below shows the relationships of the kingdom of fungi to other well-known kingdoms, super groups, and domains.

Created by Dylan Montoure 2013 

Phylum: Glomeromycota

Approximately 230 speices, all described as forming arbuscular mycorrhizas with the roots of land plants.

Class: Glomeromycetes

Sub catergory of Glomeromycota.

Order: Glomerales

All fungi in this group are biotrophic mutualists with mainly plants. As seen in the following phylogenic tree, the relationship of the glomeromycetes is unclear as to which group diverged first. We can see however, which groups of fungi are sister to the Glomerales by molecular data (Hibbett et al. 2007)


Family: Glomeraceae

Sub catergory of Glomerales

Genus: Glomus

Largest group of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Includes approximately 85 species

Species: Glomus intraradices

Species name which means "a small globular body within the roots" in latin. Glomus means "a small globular body", intra means "within", and radices means "roots" (Google Translate 2013).



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