Phytophthora castaneae, the correct name for P. katsurae nom. nov. superfl.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Mycotaxon, Volume 121, Issue 1, p.327 - 331 (2013)



Phytophthora katsurae was proposed as a nom. nov. for P. castaneaeon the assumption that the replaced name was an illegitimate later homonym. This assumption was based on the invalid nomen nudum publication of “Phytophthora castaneae” in a host–pathogen index as a synonym of Mycelophagus castaneae, and an erroneous interpretation of Clements & Shear’s listing of the type of the genus Mycelophagus. There is no valid earlier homonym. Phytophthora castaneae is the correct legitimate name for the taxon causing trunk rot of Castanea crenata, and P. katsurae is an illegitimate superfluous name.