Taxonomy of the genus leishmania: present and future trends and their implications
Shaw, Jeffrey Jon
The application of different taxonomic methods (Cladistic, Evolutionary Taxonomy and Numerical Taxonomy) to the taxonomy of the Genus Leishmania are reviewed. The major groupings of the most recent classifications obtained using the cladistical approach agree with the major divisions of previous classifications which used traditional taxonomy (Evolutionary Taxonomy). The advantage of the cladistical approach is that it produces cladograms whose branches indicate more accurately levels of relationships between the different taxa. Numerical Taxonomy is useful for identification but not as good as the cladistical approach for classification. The ancient division of this monophyletic genus into two major evolutionary lines supports the use of the subgeneric names Leishmania and Viannia.
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-citationSHAW, Jeffrey Jon. Taxonomy of the genus leishmania: present and future trends and their implications. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, v. 89, n. 3, p. 471-478, jul./sep. 1994.
Leishmania / classificação