Phylogenetic circumscription of Saccharomyces, Kluyveromyces and other members of the Saccharomycetaceae, and the proposal of the new genera Lachancea, Nakaseomyces, Naumovia, Vanderwaltozyma and Zygotorulaspora

FEMS Yeast Res. 2003 Dec;4(3):233-45. doi: 10.1016/S1567-1356(03)00175-2.


Genera currently assigned to the Saccharomycetaceae have been defined from phenotype, but this classification does not fully correspond with species groupings determined from phylogenetic analysis of gene sequences. The multigene sequence analysis of Kurtzman and Robnett [FEMS Yeast Res. 3 (2003) 417-432] resolved the family Saccharomycetaceae into 11 well-supported clades. In the present study, the taxonomy of the Saccharomyctaceae is evaluated from the perspective of the multigene sequence analysis, which has resulted in reassignment of some species among currently accepted genera, and the proposal of the following five new genera: Lachancea, Nakaseomyces, Naumovia, Vanderwaltozyma and Zygotorulaspora.

MeSH terms

  • Kluyveromyces / classification*
  • Kluyveromyces / genetics
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • RNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S / analysis
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S / genetics
  • Saccharomyces / classification*
  • Saccharomyces / genetics


  • RNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S