Six simple guidelines for introducing new genera of fungi

Else C. Vellinga*, Thomas W. Kuyper, Joe Ammirati, Dennis E. Desjardin, Roy E. Halling, Alfredo Justo, Thomas Læssøe, Teresa Lebel, D. Jean Lodge, P. Brandon Matheny, Andrew S. Methven, Pierre Arthur Moreau, Gregory M. Mueller, Machiel E. Noordeloos, Jorinde Nuytinck, Clark L. Ovrebo, Annemieke Verbeken

*Corresponding author for this work

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We formulate five guidelines for introducing new genera, plus one recommendation how to publish the results of scientific research. We recommend that reviewers and editors adhere to these guidelines. We propose that the underlying research is solid, and that the results and the final solutions are properly discussed. The six criteria are: (1) all genera that are recognized should be monophyletic; (2) the coverage of the phylogenetic tree should be wide in number of species, geographic coverage, and type species of the genera under study; (3) the branching of the phylogenetic trees has to have sufficient statistical support; (4) different options for the translation of the phylogenetic tree into a formal classification should be discussed and the final decision justified; (5) the phylogenetic evidence should be based on more than one gene; and (6) all supporting evidence and background information should be included in the publication in which the new taxa are proposed, and this publication should be peer-reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalIMA Fungus
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Basidiomycetes
  • Molecular systematics
  • Nomenclature
  • Phylogenetics
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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