Submitted to: American Society of Microbiologists Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 23, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Nearly 200 species are currently accepted in the anamorphic ascomycetous yeast genus Candida. Species assigned to this genus are generally defined on the basis of phenotypic differences. In the present study, species were compared from divergence in a ca. 600-nucleotide species- specific region at the 5' end of large subunit rDNA. The data show 35 of the described species to be conspecific with either other Candida spp. or with Pichia spp. For example, Pichia mexicana = C. entomaea = C. terebra = C. veronae, and C. ancudensis = C. drymisii = C. petrohuensis. Species assigned to Candida are compared with the type species of all known teleomorphic ascomycetous yeast genera to assess phylogenetic divergence.