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In 2004 Benny and Blackwell discovered that the genus name Echinosporangium was first used to refer to a red alga by Kylin (1956). Although this original publication lacks a formal description of the genus, it is still considered the first valid use of the name because the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature only requires Latin descriptions from names published after January 1, 1956 (Greuter et al. 2000). Thus, Benny and Blackwell assigned the new name Lobosporangium transversale to Echinosporangium transversalis (Benny and Blackwell 2004). Despite repeated reclassifications and its popularity in phylogenetic studies of Zygomycota, Lobosporangium remains a monotypic genus without a common name (Benny et al. 2001).


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