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Update on Acanthamoeba phylogeny

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The evolutionary history of Acanthamoeba has been substantially resolved by the 18S rDNA phylogeny which made it possible to delimit the main lines associated with some classical species. Some of them have proven to be polyphyletic, but the inappropriate use of treating under the same names unrelated strains persists. In this study, phylogenies based on the complete genes of nuclear and mitochondrial rDNA were compared, in order to verify the congruence of the different lines. Various groups can thus be identified, some of which associated with the type strains of given species. Recognizing them only by their species names would significantly reduce the current confusion, in addition to logically following basic taxonomic rules. In this manner, the well-known polyphyletic taxa A. castellanii and A. polyphaga, are restricted to the two lines specified by their type strains, while other widely used strains like Neff and Linc-AP1 that are often confused with the previous ones, can be assigned to their own lines. New species are potentially present in other groups and additional efforts are needed to delimit them.

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Corsaro, D. Update on Acanthamoeba phylogeny. Parasitol Res 119, 3327–3338 (2020).

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  • Acanthamoeba
  • Genotype
  • Classification
  • Phylogeny