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Candida albicans
Candida albicans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Saccharomycotina
O.E. Erikss. & Winka 1997[1]


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Saccharomycotina is a subphylum of the phylum ascomycota (fungi which form their sexual spores in sac-like asci), and consists of yeasts - they form no ascocarps (fruiting bodies), their asci are naked, and they can reproduce asexually by budding.[2]

The only class in this subphylum is Saccharomycetes.[3]

It includes the well-known Baker's Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae[3] and the genus Candida which infects humans.


  1. Eriksson, O.E. & K. Winka (1997). "Supraordinal taxa of Ascomycota". Myconet. 1: 1–16.
  2. See the Ascomycota article on the Paleos site for a definition and explanation of Saccharomycotina.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See for instance the Systema Naturae 2000 classification or the O. E. Eriksson (2006) classification in Taxonomicon for the taxonomic tree. Other classification systems do not necessarily recognize the subphylum level, for instance Index Fungorum puts Saccharomycetes directly as a daughter of Ascomycota.

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