Updated species names

As more genomic data becomes available for clinically-important fungi, our understanding of how these species relate to one another periodically needs to be updated. Species name changes are often unpopular with clinicians and can lead to confusion.

MRCM has started using updated names for various species (see table below) but we will include both names on our test reports to minimise confusion. Infections caused by yeasts previously included in the genus Candida will continue to be called candidiasis for the sake of practicality.

Old nameNew name
Candida glabrata   Nakaseomyces glabrata
Candida krusei   Pichia kudriavzevii
Saphrochaete clavataMagnusiomyces clavatus
For a more comprehensive list of name changes please see the University of Adelaide website