Sphaerotilus Kützing, 1833
Holotype species: Sphaerotilus natans Kützing
Original publication and holotype designation: Kützing, F. (1833). Sphaerotilus natans, eine neue Süsswasseralge. Linnaea 8: 385-387, plate 9.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Gender: This genus name is currently treated as masculine.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Gravobich, M.Y., Smolyakov, D.D., Beletsky, A.V., Mardanov, A.V., Gureeva, M.V., Markov, N.D., Rudenko, T.S. & Ravin, N.V. (2021). Reclassification of Sphaerotilus natans subsp. sulfidivorans Gridneva et al. 2011 as Sphaerotilus sulfidivorans sp. nov. and comparative genome analysis of the genus Sphaerotilus. Archives of Microbiology 203: 1595-1599, 1 table.
Originally considered an alga due its macroscopic morphology, currently considered a filamentous bacterium. - (5 Aug 2010) - M.D. Guiry
Numbers of names and species: There are 4 species names in the database at present, as well as 1 infraspecific names. Of the species names, 4 have been flagged as accepted taxonomically on the basis of the listed literature under the species name. In some instances, opinions on taxonomic validity differ from author to author and users are encouraged to form their own opinion. AlgaeBase is a work in progress and should not be regarded as a definitive source only as a guide to the literature..
Names: ('C' indicates a name that is accepted taxonomically; 'S' a homotypic or heterotypic synonym; 'U' indicates a name of uncertain taxonomic status, but which has been subjected to some verification nomenclaturally; 'P' indicates a preliminary AlgaeBase entry that has not been subjected to any kind of verification. For more information on a species click on it to activate a link to the Species database):
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Created: 05 August 2010 by M.D. Guiry
Verified by: 21 January 2022 by E.A. Molinari Novoa
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E.A. Molinari Novoa in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2022. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 07 July 2022.