Current Microbiology

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 317–322 | Cite as

A phylogenetic dissection of the family micrococcaceae

  • Erko Stackebrandt
  • Carl R. Woese


A comparative analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA sequences in the Micrococcaceae shows the family not to be a phylogenetically coherent unit. In fact, at least two of its three genera are themselves not valid phylogenetic units. Species, of the genusMicrococcus are phylogenetically inseparable from those ofArthrobacter. The genusPlanococcus groups specifically with certain members ofBacillus, andStaphylococcus is also related to the genusBacillus, though more peripherally. These findings question the validity of spherical shape as a valid indicator of phylogenetic relationships on all but the lowest levels.


Staphylococcus Arthrobacter Genus Bacillus Micrococcus Luteus Current Microbiology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 1
  • Carl R. Woese
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyTechnische Universität MünchenMünchen 2Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of Genetics and DevelopmentUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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