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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Blastocladiomycota
T.Y. James 2007[1]
Class: Blastocladiomycetes
T.Y. James 2007[1]
Order: Blastocladiales
H.E. Petersen 1910[2]

Allomyces E.J. Butler 1911
Blastocladia Reinsch 1877
Coelomomyces Keilin 1921

Blastocladiomycota is one of seven currently recognized phyla within the kingdom Fungi.[3] These zoosporic fungi are found in soil and fresh water habitats and are mostly detritivores, subsisting on decaying organic matter.[4]

Three of the five families within Blastocladiomycota exclusively contain pathogens. These infect species such as water bears, the plankton Daphnia, nematodes, various aquatic and semi-aquatic plants, and mosquito larvae.[4]

Blastoclades were originally included in the phylum Chytridiomycota until DNA sequencing in 2006 elevated it and its "sister phyla" Neocallimastigomycota.[1]


  1. ^ a b c James, T.Y., et al. (2006). "A molecular phylogeny of the flagellated fungi (Chytridiomycota) and description of a new phylum (Blastocladiomycota)". Mycologia 98: 860–871. doi:10.3852/mycologia.98.6.860.  
  2. ^ Petersen, H.E. (1909). Bot. Tidsskr. 29: 357.   (as "Blasocladiineae")
  3. ^ Hibbett, D.S., et al. (March 2007). "A higher level phylogenetic classification of the Fungi". Mycol. Res. 111 (5): 509–547. doi:10.1016/j.mycres.2007.03.004.  
  4. ^ a b Lynn Margulis, Karlene V. Schwartz (1998), Five kingdoms: an illustrated guide to the phyla of life on earth, Elsevier, pp. 216-217, ISBN 0716730278,  

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