The Family Thermoactinomycetaceae

  • Leonor Carrillo
  • Marcelo Rafael Benítez-Ahrendts
Reference work entry


The family Thermoactinomycetaceae is a member of the order Bacillales, Gram-positive bacteria that form endospores and mycelia, are non-acid-fast, and do not contain mycolic acids in their cell wall. At the time of writing, it encompasses 13 genera and only 20 species.

The genera are Thermoactinomyces, Laceyella, Seinonella, Thermoflavimicrobium, Planifilum, Mechercharimyces, Shimazuella, Desmospora, Kroppenstedtia, Marininema, Melghirimyces, Lihuaxuella, and Polycladomyces.

Strains of this family have been isolated from various environmental samples, such as soil, marine sediments, sugar cane, compost, sputa, and other sources.


Aerial Mycelium Substrate Mycelium Soluble Pigment Major Cellular Fatty Acid Predominant Menaquinone 
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  • Leonor Carrillo
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  • Marcelo Rafael Benítez-Ahrendts
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of JujuyJujuyArgentina

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