The halophilic Archaea of the family Halobacteriaceae (36 genera with 129 species with standing in nomenclature as of November 2011) provide an excellent example of how changing concepts on prokaryote taxonomy and the development of new methods have influenced the way in which the taxonomy of a single group of prokaryotes is treated. This review gives an overview of the taxonomy of the family Halobacteriaceae, showing the impact that methods of phenotypic characterization, numerical taxonomy, chemotaxonomy and especially polar lipid analysis, 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons, multilocus type analysis and comparative genomics have had on their classification.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology|
|State||Published - Feb 2012|