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Free Content Teleotypification of fungal names and its limitations

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Article 59.7 of the ICBN (Vienna Code) allows the epitypification of a name of a fungus, known until then only as an anamorph, with teleomorphic material in order to avoid introducing an additional name. Redhead suggested calling this procedure teleotypification. We demonstrate that it is not desirable to apply teleotypification to newly discovered teleomorphs of fungi for which a suitable teleomorph genus is available. Describing a newly found anamorphic fungus under a teleomorph-typified generic name may be defended, provided generic homogeneity is proven with molecular methods and no suitable anamorph genus is available. Alternative proposals will be submitted to either return to the previous situation without teleotypification or to restrict teleotypification explicitly to cases where the original genus is monotypic or at least clearly monophyletic, and no suitable teleomorph genus is available.

Keywords: DUAL TELEOMORPH-ANAMORPH NOMENCLATURE; MONOPHYLETIC GENERA; MORPHONYMS; PLEOMORPHIC FUNGI

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Molenweg 15, 3743 CK Baarn, Netherlands (formerly Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht);, Email: walter.gams@online.nl 2: Faculty Centre of Biodiversity, University of Vienna, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna, Austria 3: Department of Mycology, Institute of Ecology, Evolution & Diversity, J.W. Goethe-University, Siesmayerstr. 70, Building B, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 4: Department of Taxonomy, Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences, 25243, Průhonice, Czech Republic

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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