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Scientific classification
Domain: Archaea
Kingdom: Euryarchaeota
Phylum: Euryarchaeota
Class: Methanomicrobia
Order: Methanomicrobiales
Family: Methanomicrobiaceae
Binomial name
Balch and Wolfe 1981

In taxonomy, the Methanomicrobiaceae are a family of the Methanomicrobiales.[1]


The currently accepted taxonomy is based on the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN)[2] and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)[3] and the phylogeny is based on 16S rRNA-based LTP release 106 by 'The All-Species Living Tree' Project.[4]

Methanogenium Romesser et al. 1981 emend. Spring et al. 2005

Methanoplanus Wildgruber et al. 1984

Methanomicrobium mobile (Paynter and Hungate 1968) Balch and Wolfe 1981

Methanoplanus petrolearius Ollivier et al. 1998

Methanolacinia paynteri (Rivard et al. 1984) Zellner et al. 1990

Methanoculleus Maestrojuán et al. 1990

Methanosphaerula palustris Cadillo-Quiroz et al. 2009

Methanolinea tarda Imachi et al. 2008

Methanospirillum Ferry et al. 1974 emend. Iino et al. 2010

Methanoregula Bräuer et al. 2011

Methanofollis Zellner et al. 1999

Methanocalculus Ollivier et al. 1998

Methanocorpusculum Zellner et al. 1988 emend. Xun et al. 1989

♠ Strains found at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) but not listed in the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN)


  1. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Methanomicrobiaceae. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ J.P. Euzéby. "Methanomicrobiaceae". List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) [1]. Retrieved 2011-11-17.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Sayers; et al. "Methanomicrobiaceae". National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) taxonomy database [2]. Retrieved 2011-06-05.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ 'The All-Species Living Tree' Project."16S rRNA-based LTP release 106 (full tree)" (PDF). Silva Comprehensive Ribosomal RNA Database [3]. Retrieved 2011-11-17.  External link in |publisher= (help)

Further reading[edit]

Scientific journals[edit]

  • Judicial, Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes: (2005). "The nomenclatural types of the orders Acholeplasmatales, Halanaerobiales, Halobacteriales, Methanobacteriales, Methanococcales, Methanomicrobiales, Planctomycetales, Prochlorales, Sulfolobales, Thermococcales, Thermoproteales and Verrucomicrobiales are the genera Acholeplasma, Halanaerobium, Halobacterium, Methanobacterium, Methanococcus, Methanomicrobium, Planctomyces, Prochloron, Sulfolobus, Thermococcus, Thermoproteus and Verrucomicrobium, respectively. Opinion 79". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 55 (Pt 1): 517–518. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.63548-0. PMID 15653928. 
  • Euzeby JP; Tindall BJ (2001). "Nomenclatural type of orders: corrections necessary according to Rules 15 and 21a of the Bacteriological Code (1990 Revision), and designation of appropriate nomenclatural types of classes and subclasses. Request for an Opinion". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 51 (Pt 2): 725–727. PMID 11321122. 
  • Rouviere P; Mandelco L; Winker S; Woese CR (1992). "A detailed phylogeny for the Methanomicrobiales". Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 15 (3): 363–371. doi:10.1016/S0723-2020(11)80209-2. PMID 11540078. 
  • Balch WE; Fox GE; Magrum LJ; Woses CR; et al. (1979). "Methanogens: reevaluation of a unique biological group". Microbiol. Rev. 43 (2): 260–296. PMC 281474Freely accessible. PMID 390357. 

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