Chytridiomycetes--Taxonomic Changes Since 1960

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INTRODUCTION: Almost 40 years ago F.K. Sparrow (1960) published a monograph that covered the Chytridiomycetes and other aquatic, zoosporic fungi. This comprehensive work brought together all the literature on chytrids (excluding the genera  Synchytrium and Physoderma) since the first report by Braun in 1856. Further contributions on chytrid systematics include a key to genera (Sparrow 1973), and a list and keys to some genera and species in a book on aquatic mycology (Batko 1975). Karling's (1977) Chytridiomycetarum Iconographia represents a significant contribution. He discussed the genera of Chytridiomycetes and presented many useful drawings but did not include a comprehensive list of species. More recently, Barr (1990) reviewed current ideas of the phylogeny of the Chytridiomycetes, but no monograph has superseded that of Sparrow. New species continue to be described and taxonomic changes continue to be published, but articles are dispersed in many different journals and searches to locate all described species in a genus are laborious and time consuming.

The following bibliography, which was published in Mycotaxon (Volume 60, pp. 149-174) in 1996,  includes new taxa, new combinations, and suggested synonymies since Sparrow's monograph. The ARS maintains a searchable Index of Fungi   .  

New species in certain parasitic genera are not included, namely: Coelomomyces and Physoderma (Blastocladiales) and Synchytrium (Chytridiales). Because Harpochytrium was not included in Sparrow's monograph, I have included species described previous to 1960.

CONVENTIONS: Citations contain inclusive pagination for articles rather than only the page on which the description or the taxonomic change occurs. This variance from custom is to facilitate the retrieval of entire articles via interlibrary, photocopy services. Names of new taxa above the level of species are printed entirely in upper case letters.  Figures, substrates, and habitats are listed only for new species.

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