pho’cae L. n. phoca, a seal and also a scientific genus name (Phoca); L. gen. fem. n.phocae, of a seal, of Phoca, named because the organism was isolated from the common seal, Phoca vitulina
Pascual C, Foster G, Alvarez N, Collins MD. Corynebacterium phocae sp. nov., isolated from the common seal (Phoca vitulina). Int J Syst Bacteriol 1998; 48:601-604.
Anonymous. Notification list. Notification that new names and new combinations have appeared in volume 48, part 2 of the IJSB. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1998; 48:633-634.
The phylogenetic position of this species was determined in a genome-scale analysis by Nouioui et al. (2018).Publication:
Nouioui I, Carro L, Garcia-Lopez M, Meier-Kolthoff JP, Woyke T, Kyrpides NC, Pukall R, Klenk HP, Goodfellow M, Goker M. Genome-Based Taxonomic Classification of the Phylum Actinobacteria. Front Microbiol 2018; 9:2007.