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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Class: Actinobacteria
Subclass: Actinobacteridae
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Micrococcineae
Family: Micrococcaceae
Pribram 1929

The family Micrococcaceae includes bacterial genera of Gram positive cocci that inhabit the air and skin, such as Micrococcus luteus.


The currently accepted taxonomy is based on the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) [1] and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)[2] and the phylogeny is based on 16S rRNA-based LTP release 106 by 'The All-Species Living Tree' Project [3]

Kocuria Stackebrandt et al. 1995

Rothia Georg and Brown 1967

Arthrobacter species-group 2

Arthrobacter echigonensis Ding et al. 2009

Sinomonas [incl. Arthrobacter albidus]

Arthrobacter species-group 3

Citricoccus Altenburger et al. 2002 emend. Nielsen et al. 2011

Arthrobacter species-group 4

Auritidibacter ignavus Yassin et al. 2011

Yaniella Li et al. 2008

Nesterenkonia Stackebrandt et al. 1995 emend. Li et al. 2005

Zhihengliuella Zhang et al. 2007 emend. Tang et al. 2009

Micrococcus Cohn 1872 emend. Wieser et al. 2002

Arthrobacter species-group 1 [incl. Acaricomes phytoseiuli & Renibacterium salmoninarum]

The recently described genus Tersicoccus is of uncertain relationships, but probably closest to one of the Arthrobacter lineages.


  1. ^ J.P. Euzéby. "Micrococcaceae". List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) [1]. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  2. ^ Sayers et al. "Micrococcaceae". National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) taxonomy database [2]. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  3. ^ '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. 

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