Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Hypocreales
Family: Cordycipitaceae
Genus: Lecanicillium
W.Gams & Zare (2001)
Type species
Lecanicillium lecanii
(Zimm.) Zare & W.Gams (2001)

Lecanicillium is a genus of fungi in the order Hypocreales and is described as anamorphic Cordycipitaceae; 21 species are currently described.[1] These are entomopathogenic fungus species that were previously widely known as Verticillium lecanii (Zimmerman) Viegas.[2] This genus was first named and introduced by Rasoul Zare (IRIPP) and Walter Gams (CBS).

The IndexFungorum records the following species:

At least 15 products based on Lecanicillium spp. have been, or are in the process of being commercialized as biological pesticides, against a variety of pests in numerous countries worldwide.[3]


  1. Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford: CABI. p. 150. ISBN 0-85199-826-7.
  2. Zare R, Gams W. (2001). A revision of Verticillium sect. Prostrata. III. Generic classification. Nova Hedwigia. 72: 329–337
  3. de Faria, M.R., Wraight, S.P. (2007) Mycoinsecticides and mycoacaricides: a comprehensive list with worldwide coverage and international classification of formulation types. Biological Control 43: 237–256

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