Family Halobacteriaceae

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Classification (Warning: see also the file "Classification of prokaryotes: Introduction").

For a detailed description of this taxon see Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (BMSAB).


Halobacteriaceae Gibbons 1974, familia.
Type genus: ¤ Halobacterium Elazari-Volcani 1957 (Approved Lists 1980).
Etymology: N.L. neut. n. Halobacterium, type genus of the family; suff. -aceae, ending to denote a family; N.L. fem. pl. n. Halobacteriaceae, the Halobacterium family.
Approved Lists reference: SKERMAN (V.B.D.), McGOWAN (V.) and SNEATH (P.H.A.) (editors): Approved Lists of Bacterial Names. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol., 1980, 30, 225-420 (Approved Lists of Bacterial Names in IJSEM Online - Approved Lists of Bacterial Names Amended edition).
Original publication: GIBBONS (N.E.): Family V. Halobacteriaceae Fam. nov. In: R.E. BUCHANAN and N.E. GIBBONS (editors): Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, eighth edition, The Williams & Wilkins Co, Baltimore, 1974, p. 269.

Note: P. DasSarma & S. DasSarma 2008 [1], propose to rename the family Halobacteriaceae as "Haloarchaeaceae", to reflect its membership in the archaeal rather than the bacterial domain. This change is in violation of the General Considerations, Principles and Rules of the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria [2], and it not validly published.
1 DASSARMA (P.) and DASSARMA (S.): On the origin of prokaryotic "species": the taxonomy of halophilic Archaea. Saline Systems, 2008, 4, 5.
Original publication Online
2 OREN (A.): Nomenclature and taxonomy of halophilic archaea - comments on the proposal by DasSarma and DasSarma for nomenclatural changes within the order Halobacteriales. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2008, 58, 2245-2246.
Original article in IJSEM Online