[Taxacom] Bacterial families ending in -ataceae
kinman at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 21 19:56:20 CDT 2012
I was looking more closely at some of the bacterial families ending in -ataceae. Thermoplasmataceae and Mycoplasmataceae have type genera (Thermoplasma and Mycoplasma) in which both the prefix and the stem are Greek in origin.
However, family Ferroplasmaceae (not Ferroplasmataceae) has a type genus (Ferroplasma) in which the prefix (Ferro-) is Latin, but the stem is Greek (-plasma). So perhaps when the genus name is a mixture of Latin and Greek, the authors of the family name can go either way. Or does having a Latin prefix make it Latin instead of Greek? ----------------Ken
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