Candida khanbhai sp. nov., a new clinically relevant yeast within the Candida haemulonii species complex

Auke W de Jong, Khaled Al-Obaid, Ratna Mohd Tap, Bert Gerrits van den Ende, Marizeth Groenewald, Leena Joseph, Suhail Ahmad, Ferry Hagen

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Invasive fungal infections caused by non-albicans Candida species are increasingly reported. Recent advances in diagnostic and molecular tools enabled better identification and detection of emerging pathogenic yeasts. The Candida haemulonii species complex accommodates several rare and recently described pathogenic species, C. duobushaemulonii, C. pseudohaemulonii, C. vulturna, and the most notorious example is the outbreak-causing multi-drug resistant member C. auris. Here, we describe a new clinically relevant yeast isolated from geographically distinct regions, representing the proposed novel species C. khanbhai, a member of the C. haemulonii species complex. Moreover, several members of the C. haemulonii species complex were observed to be invalidly described, including the clinically relevant species C. auris and C. vulturna. Hence, the opportunity was taken to correct this here, formally validating the names of C. auris, C. chanthaburiensis, C. konsanensis, C. metrosideri, C. ohialehuae, and C. vulturna.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Mycology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 03 Feb 2023


  • Animals
  • Candidiasis/microbiology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Candida/genetics
  • Invasive Fungal Infections/veterinary
  • Antifungal Agents


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