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* 1. Do you think it is the correct time to name Wolbachia strains?

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* 2. Do you support using Wolbachia as a genus designation for all strains currently having the genus designation of Wolbachia?

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* 3. Do you support dividing the strains into species as described in both the Ramirez-Puebla et al. paper and the Chung et al. paper? To clarify, we are asking about the divisions, not the names, which is a different question below.

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* 4. Can you support species designations that do not align with the current supergroups? In particular, it seems like that the nematode supergroups would contain multiple species, while supergroup A would be a single species and supergroup B would be a single species.

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* 5. Do you support using the species designations described by Ramirez-Puebla et al. (i.e. 'Candidatus Wolbachia bourtzisii', 'Candidatus Wolbachia onchocercicola', 'Candidatus Wolbachia blaxteri', 'Candidatus Wolbachia brugii', 'Candidatus Wolbachia taylori', 'Candidatus Wolbachia collembolicola' and 'Candidatus Wolbachia multihospitum')?

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* 6. Do you support alternate community-developed species designations, assuming we can seek reviewer and journal approval?

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* 7. How appropriate do you feel it is to use the names of living scientists active in the community for species epithets?

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* 8. How do you feel about using Candidatus as part of the name? It seems reasonable that this is not necessary and most Wolbachia are in culture, albeit it animals, but in an analogous way that Anaplasma/Ehrlichia/Rickettsia are in animal cell culture and Candidatus is not used. It also seems reasonable to challenge this requirement given the use of whole genome data.

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* 9. Do you support the continued use of supergroups in addition to species designations? This is similar to many bacteria that have complexes or serotypes, including the Rickettsia, which have typhus group, spotted fever group, and transitional group.

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* 10. Do you have any recommended names? Do you have any further questions, comments, and/or concerns?

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