Taxonomy of the family Halobacteriaceae: A paradigm for changing concepts in prokaryote systematics

Aharon Oren*

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Abstract

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 languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

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