Family Legionellaceae

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

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Legionellaceae Brenner et al. 1979, familia.
Type genus: ¤ Legionella Brenner et al. 1979 (Approved Lists 1980).
Etymology: N.L. fem. n. Legionella, type genus of the family; suff. -aceae, ending to denote a family; N.L. fem. pl. n. Legionellaceae, the Legionella 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: 1 BRENNER (D.J.), STEIGERWALT (A.G.) and McDADE (J.E.): Classification of the Legionnaires' disease bacterium: Legionella pneumophila, genus novum, species nova of the family Legionellaceae, familia nova. Annals of Internal Medicine, 1979, 90, 656-658. 2 Validation of the publication of new names and new combinations previously effectively published outside the IJSB. List no. 3. International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 1979, 29, 436.