Taxon DOI
Pelsh 1936 (Approved Lists 1980)
Taxonomic Rank
Nomenclatural Taxonomy [1980-2016]
Incertae sedis taxa are placed using SOSCC (Garrity and Lilburn 2008)
Taxon RecordName Record
Imhoff 1984
Pelsh 1936 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Ventura et al. 2000
Imhoff and Trüper 1982
Imhoff and Süling 1997
Imhoff and Trüper 1979 (Approved Lists 1980)
Raymond and Sistrom 1969 (Approved Lists 1980)
Bryantseva et al. 2011
Imhoff and Süling 1997
Oren et al. 1990 pro synon. Ectothiorhodospira mobilis Pelsh 1936 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Ventura et al. 2000
Ramana et al. 2011
Cherni et al. 1969 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Ventura et al. 2000
Imhoff et al. 1982 pro synon. Ectothiorhodospira shaposhnikovii Cherni et al. 1969 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Ventura et al. 2000
Gorlenko et al. 2009
Digital Object Identifier
Type Status
The taxonomic placement of this genus within the root Universal Root.

  Woese et al. 1990
  Woese et al. 1990
  Garrity et al. 2005
  Garrity et al. 2005 emend. Williams and Kelly 2013
  Imhoff 2005
  Imhoff 1984
  Pelsh 1936 (Approved Lists 1980)

The taxonomy from the rank of class and below is based upon currently published taxonomic opinion. For a complete taxonomy, refer to The Taxonomic Outline of Bacteria and Archaea, Release 7.7.
Taxon Statistics
Based on the method of Garrity and Lilburn (2008).
Microbial Earth
When referring to this Abstract, please use its Digital Object Identifier and cite NamesforLife.
Taxon Abstract for the genus Ectothiorhodospira Pelsh 1936 (Approved Lists 1980). NamesforLife, LLC. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
This information was last reviewed on July 11, 2011.


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  2. Pfennig N, Trüper HG. Conservation of the Family Name Chromatiaceae Bavendamm 1924 with the Type Genus Chromatium Perty 1852 Request for an Opinion. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1971; 21:15-16.
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