The genus name, Capellomyces, is derived from the Latin word for goat as this is the animal the genus was first isolated from. This genus was first described in 2020 as part of a collaborative study that documented two Capellomyces species (Hanafy et al, 2020a). The main morphological characteristics of Capellomyces are common to several different anaerobic fungal genera: monocentric thallus, filamentous rhizoidal system, and monoflagellated zoospores.

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