Family Methanobacteriaceae

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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).


Methanobacteriaceae Barker 1956, familia.
Type genus: ¤ Methanobacterium Kluyver and van Niel 1936 (Approved Lists 1980).
Etymology: N.L. neut. n. Methanobacterium, type genus of the family; suff. -aceae, ending to denote a family; N.L. fem. pl. n. Methanobacteriaceae, the Methanobacterium 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: BARKER (H.A.): Bacterial Fermentations, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1956, p. 15.