Taxon DOI
Deming et al. 1988
Taxonomic Rank
Nomenclatural Taxonomy [1980-2016]
Incertae sedis taxa are placed using SOSCC (Garrity and Lilburn 2008)
Taxon RecordName Record
Ivanova et al. 2004
(ex D'Aoust and Kushner 1972) (sic) Deming et al. 1988
Jung et al. 2006
Xu et al. 2017
Liu et al. 2014
Wang et al. 2015
Choi et al. 2010
Zhang et al. 2017
Yu et al. 2011
Bowman et al. 1998
Christiansen et al. 2018
Deming et al. 1988
Bowman et al. 1998
Kusube et al. 2017
Yumoto et al. 1998
Kim et al. 2014
Kim et al. 2017
Nogi et al. 2004
Zhang et al. 2008
Bowman et al. 1998
Bowman et al. 1998
Park et al. 2016
None 2015
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
  Bowman and McMeekin 2005
  Ivanova et al. 2004
  Deming et al. 1988

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 Colwellia Deming et al. 1988. NamesforLife, LLC. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
This information was last reviewed on January 17, 2018.


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  19. No reference is available 2015
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