|Escherichia coli cells magnified 25,000 times|
Gibbons and Murray 1978
Traditionally gram staining results were most commonly used as a classification tool, consequently until the advent of molecular phylogeny, the Kingdom Monera (as the domains Bacteria and Archaea were known then) was divided into four phyla,
- Gracilicutes (gram-negative, it is split in many groups, but some authors stil use it in a narrower sense)
- Firmacutes [sic] (gram-positive, subsequently corrected to Firmicutes, today it includes the Mollicutes but excludes the Actinobacteria)
- Mollicutes (gram variable, posteriorly renamed as Tenericutes, e.g. Mycoplasma)
- Mendosicutes (uneven gram stain, "methanogenic bacteria" now known as methanogens and classed as Archaea)
This taxon was revived in 2006 by Cavalier-Smith as an infrakindgom containing the phyla Spirochaetae, Sphingobacteria, Planctobacteria, and Proteobacteria. However, this taxon is not generally accepted and the three-domain system is followed.
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