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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B ISSN 1673-1581 (Print); ISSN 1862-1783 (Online); E-mail:


    Epitypification: should we epitypify?

    †1,23Kevin D. HYDE, Ying ZHANG

    1(International Fungal Research and Development Centre, the Research Institute of Resource Insects,

    Chinese Academy of Forestry, Kunming 650224, China) 2(Fungal Research Group, School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Tasud, Muang, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand) 3(Centre for Research in Fungal Diversity, School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China) E-mail:

    Received July 31, 2008; revision accepted Aug. 30, 2008

    Abstract: Epitypification can solve many taxonomic problems and stabilize the understanding of species, genera, families or orders. The aim of this paper is to illustrate how to epitypify. A few examples where taxa have been epitypified are considered and the benefits and disadvantages of epitypification are discussed. We also outline some examples of taxa which need to be epitypi- fied with reasons.

    Key words: Colletotrichum, GenBank, Molecular phylogeny, Taxonomy, Typification

    doi:10.1631/jzus.B0860004 Document code: A CLC number: Q939

    INTRODUCTION reviews the options that can be used to address the

    above problems. Epitypification is the best option for

    replacing lost type material