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Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, with co-authors, described the new species of mushroom in their article “A new species and a new combination of Rhodophana (Entolomataceae, Agaricales) from Africa.” It describes Rhodophana flavipes, T. J. Baroni, Daniëls and Hama, a mushroom of the family Entolomataceae, and made the new combination Rhodophana fibulata, (Pegler) T. J. Baroni, Kluting and Daniëls, for a species described in 1977 and still only known from Uganda and Tanzania. Their paper was based on morphological and phylogenetic evidence and published in 2017 in the journal Phytotaxa, volume 306. Only two species of Rhodophana are now known for the entire continent of Africa. Scientists names follow the species names as it is accepted in botanical taxonomy to include the authors of a species, governed by the Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

Co-authors were Pablo Daniëls and Felix García-Pantaleón, University of Cordoba, Spain, Oumarou Hama, University of Tahoua, Niger, and Kerri Kluting, Uppsala University, Sweden, Saha Bergemann, Middle Tennessee State University, Moussa Barage and Dahiraou Ibrahinm, Abdou Moumouni University, Niger.