Etymology:N.L. neut. n.methylum, the methyl group; from French n. méthyle; from French n. méthylène; from Gr. n. methu, wine; from Gr. n. hulê, wood; N.L. pref. methylo-, pertaining to the methyl radical; L. fem. n.sarcina, a package, bundle, pack; N.L. fem. n.Methylosarcina, methane-utilizing bundle of cells
Wise MG, McArthur JV, Shimkets LJ. Methylosarcina fibrata gen. nov., sp. nov. and Methylosarcina quisquiliarum sp.nov., novel type 1 methanotrophs. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2001; 51:611-621.
Kalyuzhnaya et al. 2005
Kalyuzhnaya MG, Stolyar SM, Auman AJ, Lara JC, Lidstrom ME, Chistoserdova L. Methylosarcina lacus sp. nov., a methanotroph from Lake Washington, Seattle, USA, and emended description of the genus Methylosarcina. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2005; 55:2345-2350. Notes:
Emendation accompanied by the proposal of 1 new species in the genus.
Orata et al. 2018
Orata FD, Meier-Kolthoff JP, Sauvageau D, Stein LY. Phylogenomic Analysis of the Gammaproteobacterial Methanotrophs (Order Methylococcales) Calls for the Reclassification of Members at the Genus and Species Levels. Front Microbiol 2018; 9:3162.
Oren A, Garrity GM. List of changes in taxonomic opinion no. 30. Notification of changes in taxonomic opinion previously published outside the IJSEM. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2019; 69:1850-1851. Notes:
Emendation accompanied by the removal of 1 species from the genus.
Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 2 Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 3 Total number of child taxa: 3