Taxon DOI
Beijerinck 1904 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Boden et al. 2017
Taxonomic Rank
Nomenclatural Taxonomy [1980-2016]
Incertae sedis taxa are placed using SOSCC (Garrity and Lilburn 2008)
Taxon RecordName Record
Boden et al. 2017
Beijerinck 1904 (Approved Lists 1980)
(ex Guay and Silver 1975) Harrison 1983
corrig. Bryant et al. 1988
Wood and Kelly 1995
Hallberg and Lindström 1995
Parker 1945 (Approved Lists 1980)
(ex Mizoguchi et al. 1976) Katayama-Fujimura et al. 1984
(ex Beijerinck 1904) Kelly and Harrison 1989 emend. Kelly and Wood 2000
Temple and Colmer 1951 (Approved Lists 1980)
Wood and Kelly 1995
Durand et al. 1997
London 1963 (Approved Lists 1980)
Parker 1957 (Approved Lists 1980)
Starkey 1934 (Approved Lists 1980)
London and Rittenberg 1967 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Katayama-Fujimura and Kuraishi 1983
Drobner et al. 1992
Huber and Stetter 1989
Katayama-Fujimura et al. 1983 pro synon. Thiobacillus versutus Harrison 1983
Dul'tseva et al. 2006
Wood and Kelly 1985
Shooner et al. 1996
Waksman and Joffe 1922 (Approved Lists 1980)
Kellermann and Griebler 2009
Wood and Kelly 1995
Harrison 1983
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 emend. Boden et al. 2017
  Boden et al. 2017
  Beijerinck 1904 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Boden et al. 2017

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 Thiobacillus Beijerinck 1904 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Boden et al. 2017. NamesforLife, LLC. Retrieved .
This information was last reviewed on June 6, 2017.


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