NOMENMYX (Lado, 2001) has been chosen as the starting point for the elaboration of the database of the names of Myxomycetes, but it has been updated to incorporate the recent nomenclatural acts. The database has been augmented with the names of related groups, Dictyostelids and Protostelids.
All the data have been compiled in a standard format in a database with the following information:
1.-Name of taxon (including the genus name, species epithet, infraspecific rank (if applicable), infraspecific epithet (if applicable), author(s) name(s), reference to the protologue and year of publication. This name could be an accepted name, a basionym, a synonym or an invalid, excluded or doubtful name.
2.-Basionym (if different).
3.-Accepted name (if different).
4.-Reference to the source of information.
The basionym is the binomial and the place where the name was originally published. It is the name upon which a new combination or replacement name (i.e., nom. nov.) is based. Two types of synonyms have been recognized, those based upon the same type specimen (with the symbol ≡ ) and those synonyms based upon different type specimens (with the symbol =).
Following the recommendations of the ICN, International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) 2012:
Authors' names have been abbreviated according to Brummit & Powell (1992), and when not included therein, similar criteria have been used. Titles of journals have been abbreviated according to the BPH-2 (Botanico Periodicum Huntianum, ed. 2. Pittsburg, 2004) and on line version]. Book titles have been abbreviated as in Stafleu & Cowan, Taxonomic Literature, TL-2 (1976-1988), Stafleu & Mennega, Taxonomic Literature Supplements (1992-2000), and Dorr & Nicolson, Taxonomic Literature Supplements (2008-2009).
Note: The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) has been maintained in parentheses to maintain continuity with earlier versions.
In each entry the accepted names of the species appear in bold characters, followed by the basionym (if different) and synonyms. Infraspecific taxa have been considered under the respective species. Invalid names according to the Melbourne Code, names which are difficult to interpret or those attributed to taxa of dubious identity have a short explanation of their situation. Editorial comments on the status of names (in grey), bibliographic, spelling or typographic corrections, citations in previous compilations, references to homonyms and to relevant articles in the Melbourne Code have been indicated by the use of [ ].