Response to Pitt and Taylor 2016: Conservation of Aspergillus with A. niger as the conserved type is unnecessary and potentially disruptive

Robert A. Samson*, Vit Hubka, János Varga, Jos Houbraken, Seung-Beom Hong, Corné H.W. Klaassen, Giancarlo Perrone, Keith A. Seifert, Donato Magistà, Cobus M. Visagie, Sándor Kocsube, Geongi Szigeti, Takashi Yaguchi, Stephen W. Peterson, Jens Christian Frisvad

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Abstract

Aspergillus is a diverse fungal genus containing many species of great agricultural, biotechnological and medical relevance. Because of the broad use of the genus name in diverse disciplines, and the importance of individual species names in these areas, the taxonomy and nomenclature of Aspergillus should remain stable. A formal proposal to change the generic type from A. glaucus to A. niger was recently published. Here we present arguments against this proposal. We assert that it should be rejected because it will not ensure nomenclatural stability for Aspergillus, and will put the names of several important species, such as A. flavus, A. fumigatus and A. oryzae at risk of being classified in different genera and being lost.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTaxon
Volume66
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1439-1446
ISSN0040-0262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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