Folia Parasitologica, vol. 64 (2017)

Folia Parasitologica 64:020 (2017) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2017.020

Revised classification of the subfamily Leishmaniinae (Trypanosomatidae)

Alexei Y. Kostygov1,2, Vyacheslav Yurchenko1,3,4
1 Life Science Research Centre, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic;
2 Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia;
3 Biology Centre, Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budejovice, Czech Republic;
4 Institute of Environmental Technologies, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

In the present study, we critically revised the recently proposed classification of the subfamily Leishmaniinae Maslov et Lukeš in Jirků et al., 2012. Agreeing with erection of the genus Zelonia Shaw, Camargo et Teixeira in Espinosa et al., 2017 and the subgenus Mundinia Shaw, Camargo et Teixeira in Espinosa et al., 2017 within the genus Leishmania Ross, 1908, we argue that other changes are not well justified. We propose to: (i) raise Paraleishmania Cupolillo, Medina-Acosta, Noyes, Momen et Grimaldi, 2000 to generic rank; (ii) create a new genus Borovskyia gen. n. to accommodate the former Leptomonas barvae Maslov et Lukeš, 2010 as its type and only species; (iii) leave the subfamily Leishmaniinae as originally defined, but establish two infrafamilies within it: Leishmaniatae infrafam. n. and Crithidiatae infrafam. n.

Keywords: taxonomy, new genera, new infrafamilies, Paraleishmania, Borovskyia, Leishmaniatae, Crithidiatae

Received: May 5, 2017; Accepted: June 23, 2017; Published online: July 10, 2017


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