Name: Methylococcus Foster and Davis 1966 (Approved Lists 1980)

Category: Genus

Proposed as: gen. nov.

Etymology: N.L. neut. n. methylum, the methyl group; from French masc. n. méthyle; from French masc. n. méthylène; from Gr. neut. n. methu, wine; from Gr. fem. n. hulê, wood; N.L. pref. methylo-, pertaining to the methyl radical; M.L. masc. n. coccus, coccus; from Gr. masc. n. kokkos, grain, seed; N.L. masc. n. Methylococcus, methyl coccus

Gender: masculine

Type species: Methylococcus capsulatus Foster and Davis 1966 (Approved Lists 1980)

16S rRNA gene: Analyse FASTA

Original publication: Foster JW, Davis RH. A methane-dependent coccus, with notes on classification and nomenclature of obligate, methane-utilizing bacteria. J Bacteriol 1966; 91:1924-1931.

IJSEM list: Skerman VBD, McGowan V, Sneath PHA. Approved lists of bacterial names. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1980; 30:225-420.

Nomenclatural status: validly published

Taxonomic status: correct name

Subdivision:

Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 3
Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 8
Total number of child taxa: 8

Parent taxon: Methylococcaceae Whittenbury and Krieg 1984

Assigned by: Whittenbury R, Krieg NR. Family Methylococcaceae. In: Krieg NR, Holt JG (eds), Bergey's manual of systematic bacteriology, vol. 1., The Williams & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, 1984, p. 256-261.

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