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Cryptococcus yokohamensis sp. nov., a basidiomycetous yeast isolated from trees and a Queensland koala kept in a Japanese zoological park

Mohamed Mahdi Alshahni,1,2 Koichi Makimura,1 Kazuo Satoh,1 Yayoi Nishiyama,1 Nobuhide Kido3 and Takuo Sawada2

1Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, 359 Otsuka, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0395, Japan
2Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, 1-7-1 Sakaiminami, Musashino, Tokyo 180-8602, Japan
3
Kanazawa Zoological Garden Animal Hospital, 5-15-1 Kamariya-higashi, Kanazawaku, Yokohama 236-0042, Japan

ABSTRACT
Three strains were isolated from the nostrils of a koala and the surrounding environment in a Japanese zoological park. Sequence analysis of the nuclear rDNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and the large subunit rDNA D1/D2 domains in addition to physiological and morphological studies indicated that the isolates represent a single novel species belonging to the basidiomycetous genus Cryptococcus (Tremellales, Tremellomycetes, Agaricomycotina). Phylogenetic analysis based on D1/D2 and ITS regions revealed that the novel species belongs to the Fuciformis clade. The name Cryptococcus yokohamensis sp. nov. is proposed to accommodate these isolates with strain JCM 16989T (=TIMM 10001T=CBS 11776T=DSM 23671T) as the type strain.

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