Taxon DOI
Kützing 1843 emend. Mulder 1974 (Approved Lists 1980)
Taxonomic Rank
Nomenclatural Taxonomy [1980-2016]
Incertae sedis taxa are placed using SOSCC (Garrity and Lilburn 2008)
Taxon RecordName Record
Garrity et al. 2007
(Roth 1797) Kützing 1843 (Approved Lists 1980)
Mulder and van Veen 1963 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Spring et al. 1996
(ex Schwers 1912) Spring et al. 1997
Dorff 1934 (Approved Lists 1980)
Spring et al. 1997
Type Status
The taxonomic placement of this genus within the root Universal Root.

  Woese et al. 1990
  (None 2015) Woese et al. 1990
  (sic) Garrity et al. 2021
  Garrity et al. 2006 emend. Boden et al. 2017
  Garrity et al. 2006
  Garrity et al. 2007
  Kützing 1843 emend. Mulder 1974 (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.
When referring to this Abstract, please use its Digital Object Identifier and cite NamesforLife.
Taxon Abstract for the genus Leptothrix Kützing 1843 emend. Mulder 1974 (Approved Lists 1980). NamesforLife, LLC. Retrieved .
This information was last reviewed on May 8, 2009.


  1. Mulder EG, van Veen WL. Investigations on the Sphaerotilus-Leptothrix group. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 1963; 29:121-153. [PubMed].
  2. Kützing FT. Phycologia Generalis, Leipzig, 1843, p. 1-458.
  3. Spring S, Kampfer P, Ludwig W, Schleifer KH. Polyphasic characterization of the genus Leptothrix: new descriptions of Leptothrix mobilis sp. nov., and Leptothrix discophora sp. nov. nom. rev. and emended description of Leptothrix cholodnii emend. Syst Appl Microbiol 1996; 19:634-643.
  4. Dorff P. Die Eisenorganismen. Pflanzenforschung 1934; 16:1-62.