Candida ecuadorensis sp. nov., an ascomycetous yeast species found in two separate regions of Ecuador.

International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology

PubMedID: 23104360

James SA, Carvajal Barriga EJ, Barahona PP, Cross K, Bond CJ, Roberts IN. Candida ecuadorensis sp. nov., an ascomycetous yeast species found in two separate regions of Ecuador. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2013;63(Pt 1):393-7.
In the course of an on-going study aimed at cataloguing the natural yeast biodiversity found in Ecuador, two strains (CLQCA 13-025 and CLQCA 20-004(T)) were isolated from samples of cow manure and rotten wood collected in two separate provinces of the country (Orellana and BolĂ­var). These strains were found to represent a novel yeast species based on the sequences of their D1/D2 domain of the large-subunit (LSU) rRNA gene and their physiological characteristics. Phylogenetic analysis based on LSU D1/D2 sequences revealed this novel species to belong to the Metschnikowia clade and to be most closely related to Candida suratensis, a species recently discovered in a mangrove forest in Thailand. The species name of Candida ecuadorensis sp. nov. is proposed to accommodate these strains, with strain CLQCA 20-004(T) (=CBS 12653(T) = NCYC 3782(T)) designated as the type strain.