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Citation for Study 2163

About Citation title: "A multilocus phylogeny of the Metarhizium anisopliae lineage.".
About This study was previously identified under the legacy study ID S2169 (Status: Published).


Bischoff J., Humber R., & Rehner S. 2008. A multilocus phylogeny of the Metarhizium anisopliae lineage. Mycologia, null.


  • Bischoff J.
  • Humber R.
  • Rehner S.


Metarhizium anisopliae, the type species of the anamorphic entomopathogenic genus Metarhizium, is currently composed of four varieties, including the type variety, and has been demonstrated to be closely related to M. taii, M. pingshaense, and M. guizhouense. In this study we evaluate phylogenetic relationships within the M. anisopliae complex, identify monophyletic lineages and clarify the species taxonomy. To this end, we have employed a multigene phylogenetic approach utilizing near-complete sequences from nuclear encoded EF-1?, RPB1, RPB2, and ?-tubulin gene regions and evaluated the morphology of these taxa, including ex-types whenever possible. The phylogenetic evidence supports the monophyly of these varieties. We propose that they be elevated to species level as: M. acridum stat. nov., M. lepidiotae stat. nov., and M. majus stat. nov. In addition, we resurrect the name M. brunneum as a sister group to M. anisopliae and show that M. taii is a later synonym of M. guizhouense.

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