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Vet Parasitol. 2011 Apr 19;177(1-2):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.01.049. Epub 2011 Feb 2.

Naming of Cryptosporidium pestis is in accordance with the ICZN Code and the name is available for this taxon previously recognized as C. parvum 'bovine genotype'.

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  • 1Faculty of Veterinary Science, McMaster Building B14, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia.


Designation of the species Cryptosporidium pestis is unequivocally supported by type material available through the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC). The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) Secretariat guidance suggests that the action in naming the 'bovine genotype'C. pestis is in accordance with the ICZN Code and the name is therefore available for this taxon. Invoking Article, which states that prevailing usage must be maintained, to reject C. pestis, is incorrect because it cannot be used without Article, with its restriction to names proposed before 1899. Accordingly, we are formally justified in using C. pestis for the 'bovine genotype'.

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