[Taxacom] Cyanoprokaryota help

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Thu Mar 14 19:09:58 CDT 2013

Hi John,

Cyanobacteria and Cyanoprokaryota can be used interchangeably, e.g. see:


In my experience Cyanobacteria is still commonly used e.g. in phylogenetic trees

(example: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v462/n7276/fig_tab/nature08656_F1.html) 

although I could have missed a more recent trend...

"Cyanobacteria" became prominent in the late 1970s-80s as an alternative to the less phylogenetically correct "blue green algae" e.g. see:


I cannot give equivalent info about "Cyanoprokaryota", maybe someone else can...

Regards - Tony

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> -----Original Message-----
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> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of John Steel
> Sent: Friday, 15 March 2013 9:20 AM
> To: 'taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu'
> Subject: [Taxacom] Cyanoprokaryota help
> I have introduced cyanobacteria (as opposed to bacteria) as a
> microscope exercise for the introduction to my plant identification
> course as I see a growing interest in them. A student then asked me
> about cyanoprokaryota as he had heard that was being used to emphasise
> the differences from eubacteria. I had to confess not having heard of
> the term and since then I have been having difficulty in finding the
> source of this term and therefore the reasoning behind it even though
> it is not infrequently used in journal articles.  If anyone can point
> me in the right direction, I would be grateful.
> John Steel.
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