Cryptococcus Vaughanmartiniae Sp. Nov. And Cryptococcus Onofrii Sp. Nov.: Two New Species Isolated From Worldwide Cold Environments

Extremophiles. 2015 Jan;19(1):149-59. doi: 10.1007/s00792-014-0692-3. Epub 2014 Sep 20.


Twenty yeast strains, representing a selection from a wider group of more than 60 isolates were isolated from cold environments worldwide (Antarctica, Iceland, Russia, USA, Italian and French Alps, Apennines). The strains were grouped based on their common morphological and physiological characteristics. A phylogeny based on D1/D2 ribosomal DNA sequences placed them in an intermediate position between Cryptococcus saitoi and Cryptococcus friedmannii; the ITS1 and ITS2 rDNA phylogeny demonstrated that these strains belong to two related but hitherto unknown species within the order Filobasidiales, albidus clade. These two novel species are described with the names Cryptococcus vaughanmartiniae (type strain DBVPG 4736(T)) and Cryptococcus onofrii (type strain DBVPG 5303(T)).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antarctic Regions
  • Base Sequence
  • Biodiversity
  • Cold Temperature
  • Cryptococcus / classification*
  • Cryptococcus / genetics
  • Cryptococcus / isolation & purification
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer / genetics
  • France
  • Geography
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multigene Family
  • Phylogeny*
  • Russia
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Species Specificity
  • Temperature
  • United States


  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer