Etymology:Afif.el’la.N.L. fem. dim. n.Afifella, named after S. Afif, British philosopher and painter in recognition of his expertise and guidance in the subject of the philosophical tendency of structuralism, essential for the development and understanding of taxonomy as a science
Urdiain M, Lopez-Lopez A, Gonzalo C, Busse HJ, Langer S, Kampfer P, Rossello-Mora R. Reclassification of Rhodobium marinum and Rhodobium pfennigii as Afifella marina gen. nov. comb. nov. and Afifella pfennigii comb. nov., a new genus of photoheterotrophic Alphaproteobacteria and emended descriptions of Rhodobium, Rhodobium orientis and Rhodobium gokarnense. Syst Appl Microbiol 2008; 31:339-351.
Euzeby JP. Validation list no. 127. List of new names and new combinations previously effectively, but not validly, published. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2009; 59:923-925.
validly published under the ICNP
Nomenclatural type of the family Afifellaceae Hördt et al. 2020.Publication:
Hordt A, Lopez MG, Meier-Kolthoff JP, Schleuning M, Weinhold LM, Tindall BJ, Gronow S, Kyrpides NC, Woyke T, Goker M. Analysis of 1,000+ Type-Strain Genomes Substantially Improves Taxonomic Classification of Alphaproteobacteria. Front Microbiol 2020; 11:468.
Yilmaz et al. (2014) assigned this genus to the family Rhodobiaceae Garrity et al. 2006.Publication:
Yilmaz P, Parfrey LW, Yarza P, Gerken J, Pruesse E, Quast C, Schweer T, Peplies J, Ludwig W, Glöckner FO. The SILVA and “all-species living tree project (LTP)” taxonomic frameworks. Nucleic Acids Research 2014; 42(D1):D643-D648.
The type species of this genus has alternatively been placed in the genus Rhodobium Hiraishi et al. 1995.Publication:
Hiraishi A, Urata K, Satoh T. A new genus of marine budding phototrophic bacteria, Rhodobium gen. nov., which includes Rhodobium orientis sp. nov. and Rhodobium marinum comb. nov. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1995; 45:226-234.
This taxon was discussed in a meeting of a Taxonomic Subcommittee of the ICSP.Publication:
Imhoff JF, Wilmotte A. International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria: minutes of the meetings, 11 August 2009, Montreal, Canada. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2014; 64:3907-3909.
The BRCs most frequently used for deposits in this group are: DSM: 2; NBRC: 2; ATCC: 2; KCTC: 1.
Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 3 Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 3 Total number of child taxa: 3