The Family Methanocorpusculaceae

  • Aharon Oren
Reference work entry


The family Methanocorpusculaceae, affiliated with the order Methanomicrobiales, currently consists of a single genus Methanocorpusculum with four species (or five species including one proposed as a later heterotypic synonym). Most strains were isolated from sewage sludge digesters and other anaerobic wastewater treatment plants. Methanocorpusculum strains typically occur in freshwater, low-temperature environments. Strains related to the free-living types are found in symbiosis within anaerobic ciliates. Cells are small and coccoid, grow on H2/CO2 or on formate, and have a G+C content of their DNA of 48–52 mol%. Some strains can also use secondary alcohols.


Rumen Fluid Swine Waste Sewage Sludge Digester Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraethers Heterotypic Synonym 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental SciencesThe Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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