Lecanicillium lecanii (antagonist)

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Author(s): Svetlana Y. Gouli, University of Vermont
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Lecanicillium lecanii (Zimm.) Zare and W. Gams 2001 (antagonist)

The species is a mycoparasite of certain fungi but some strains are also entomopathogens, see L. lecanii (entomopathogen). The teleomorph has been named Cordyceps confragosa (syn. Torrubiella confragosa).

The species is closely related to Lecanicillium muscarium. Both species can only be separated by analyzing their DNA structure. When Zare & W. Gams established in 2001 Lecanicillium muscarium and the genus Lecanicillium, separating it from the plant pathogenic genus Verticillium, they suggested that many strains previously identified as Verticillium lecanii were actually Lecanicillium muscarium. The articles published after 2001 (see top left) in which Lecanicillium lecanii is used but without involving DNA analysis probably also refer to Lecanicillium muscarium.

Other synonyms:
Cephalosporium lecanii
Verticillium lecanii