Taxon DOI
Koelschbach et al. 2017
Taxonomic Rank
Nomenclatural Taxonomy [1980-2016]
Incertae sedis taxa are placed using SOSCC (Garrity and Lilburn 2008)
Taxon RecordName Record
Brune et al. 2022
Koelschbach et al. 2017
Momper et al. 2020
Type Status
The taxonomic placement of this genus within the root Universal Root.

  Woese et al. 1990
  (None 2015) Woese et al. 1990
  corrig. Garrity and Holt 2021
  (Cavalier-Smith 2002) Paster 2020
  Buchanan 1917 (Approved Lists 1980) emend. Hördt et al. 2020
  Brune et al. 2022
  Koelschbach 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 Rectinema Koelschbach et al. 2017. NamesforLife, LLC. Retrieved .
This information was last reviewed on August 26, 2020.


  1. Momper L, Semler A, Lu GS, Miyazaki M, Imachi H, Amend JP. Rectinema subterraneum sp. nov, a chemotrophic spirochaete isolated from the deep terrestrial subsurface. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2020; 70:4739-4747. [PubMed].
  2. Brune A, Song Y, Oren A, Paster BJ. A new family for 'termite gut treponemes': description of Breznakiellaceae fam. nov., Gracilinema caldarium gen. nov., comb. nov., Leadbettera azotonutricia gen. nov., comb. nov., Helmutkoenigia isoptericolens gen. nov., comb. nov., and Zuelzera stenostrepta gen. nov., comb. nov., and proposal of Rectinemataceae fam. nov. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2022; 72:. [PubMed].
  3. Koelschbach JS, Mouttaki H, Pickl C, Heipieper HJ, Rachel R, Lawson PA, Meckenstock RU. Rectinema cohabitans gen. nov., sp. nov., a rod-shaped spirochete isolated from an anaerobic naphthalene-degrading enrichment culture. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2017; 67:1288-1295. [PubMed].
  4. Hördt A, García-López M, Meier-Kolthoff JP, Tindall BJ, Weinhold L-M, Gronow S, Kyrpides N, Woyke T, Schleuning M, Göker M. Analysis of 1,000+ Type-Strain Genomes Substantially Improves Taxonomic Classification of Alphaproteobacteria. Front. Microbio. 2020; 11:468. [PubMed].