The Family Cellulomonadaceae

  • Erko Stackebrandt
  • Peter Schumann
Reference work entry


Cellulomonadaceae, a family within the order Actinomycetales, embraces the genera Cellulomonas, Oerskovia, Paraoerskovia (including Koreibacter), Actinotalea, and Tropheryma. Irrespective of algorithms applied to the set of 16S rRNA gene sequences of type strains, Tropheryma whipplei and Actinotalea fermentans branch deeply and have Cellulomonas bogoriensis as their phylogenetic neighbor. Based upon the fragmentary phenotypic data on Tropheryma whipplei and comparative analysis of full genome sequences of some members of the suborder Micrococcineae, the position of the genus Tropheryma must be considered tentative. Members of the family are defined by a wide range of morphological and chemotaxonomic properties, such as polar lipids, fatty acids, amino acids of peptidoglycan, and whole cell sugars which are used for the delination of genera and species. Members of the family are mainly found in soil, but they have been isolated from patient material and the marine environment as well. Many species are described for their ability to decompose not only plant-derived macromolecules such as cellulose, starch, and xanthan but also chitin, DNA, and gelatine. Some strains of the genera Cellulomonas and Oerskovia are opportunistic pathogens. This contribution is a modified and updated version of previous family descriptions (Stackebrandt E, Schumann P, Prauser H (2006) The family Cellulomonadaceae. In: Dworkin M, Falkow S, Rosenberg E, Schleifer K-H, Stackebrandt E (eds) The prokaryotes, 3rd edn. Springer, New York, pp 983–1001; Stackebrandt E, Schumann P (2012) Cellulomonadaceae. In: Whitman WB, Goodfellow M, Kämpfer P, Busse H-J, Trujillo ME, Garrity G, Ludwig W, Suzuki K-I (eds) Bergey’s manual of systematic bacteriology, vol 6, 2nd edn. Springer, New York, p 699).


Type Strain Sugar Cane Bagasse Sisal Fibre Methyl Halide Tropheryma Whipplei 
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