Terfezia spp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Pezizomycetes
Order: Pezizales
Family: Terfeziaceae or
Genus: Terfezia
(Tul. & C.Tul.) Tul. & C.Tul. (1851)
Type species
Terfezia arenaria
(Moris) Trappe (1971)

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  • Choiromyces sect. Terfezia Tul. & C.Tul. (1845)
  • Tulasneinia Zobel (1854)

Terfezia is a genus of truffle-like fungi within the Pezizaceae family. Terfezia species are commonly known as desert truffles. Some authorities consider this the type genus of the family Terfeziaceae,[1] although phylogenetic analysis suggests that it nests within the Pezizaceae.[2] The Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008) suggests that the genus contains 12 species.[2] A recent (2011) publication used molecular analysis to show that the American Terfezia species had been incorrectly classified, and moved Terfezia spinosa and Terfezia longii to Mattirolomyces and Stouffera, respectively; as a result, no Terfezia species are known to exist in North America.[3]


As of December 2015, Index Fungorum accepts 34 species in Terfezia:[4]

  • Terfezia albida[5]
  • Terfezia alsheikhii[6]
  • Terfezia aphroditis
  • Terfezia arenaria
  • Terfezia berberiodora
  • Terfezia boudieri
  • Terfezia cadevalli
  • Terfezia canariensis
  • Terfezia castanea
  • Terfezia claveryi
  • Terfezia decaryi
  • Terfezia deflersii
  • Terfezia eliocrocae[5]
  • Terfezia eremita
  • Terfezia extremadurensis[5]
  • Terfezia fanfani
  • Terfezia hafizi
  • Terfezia hanotauxii
  • Terfezia hispanica
  • Terfezia indica
  • Terfezia leptoderma
  • Terfezia lutescens
  • Terfezia magnusii
  • Terfezia mellerionis
  • Terfezia metaxasi
  • Terfezia olbiensis
  • Terfezia ovalispora
  • Terfezia pallida
  • Terfezia pini[5]
  • Terfezia pseudoleptoderma[5]
  • Terfezia rosea
  • Terfezia schweinfurthii
  • Terfezia sinuosa
  • Terfezia transcaucasica
  • Terfezia zeynebiae


  1. 1 2 "Terfezia (Tul. & C. Tul.) Tul. & C. Tul.". Species Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. 1 2 Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CAB International. p. 682. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8.
  3. Kovács GM, Trappe JM, Alsheikh AM, Hansen K, Healy RA, Vági P (2011). "Terfezia disappears from the American truffle mycota as two new genera and Mattirolomyces species emerge". Mycologia. 103 (4): 831–40. doi:10.3852/10-273. PMID 21262987.
  4. Kirk PM. "Species Fungorum (version 20th November 2015). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life". Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Bordallo J-J, Rodríguez A, Muñoz-Mohedano JM, Suz LM, Honrubia M, Morte A (2013). "Five new Terfezia species from the Iberian Peninsula". Mycotaxon. 124: 189–208. doi:10.5248/124.189.
  6. Kovács GM, Balázs TK, Calonge FD, Martín MP (2011). "The diversity of Terfezia desert truffles: new species and a highly variable species complex with intrasporocarpic nrDNA ITS heterogeneity". Mycologia. 103 (4): 841–53. doi:10.3852/10-312.

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