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Three-letter code for abbreviations of generic names

Acknowledgements

The author is very grateful to Dr Aharon Oren (Division of Microbial and Molecular Ecology, the Institute of Life Sciences, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) for his helpful comments.

 

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Introduction

Abbreviations of generic names are not covered by the Rules of the Bacteriological Code (1990 Revision). However, the Chapter 4 (Advisory Notes) provides some recommendations:

In publications dealing with species of different genera having the same first letter, the use of unabbreviated generic names increases the length of papers and the use of the one-letter abbreviation is a source of confusion. To avoid such problems, the "Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Phototrophic Bacteria" recommended the use of three-letter abbreviations in cases where more than one genus is treated in a publication or chapter. Alternatively, the genus name may be spelled out completely. However, single-letter abbreviations in many cases do not accurately define the genus and should avoided, unless no doubt is left on the genus name abbreviated.
In 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2007 this Subcommittee established a list of three-letter abbreviations for genera of the anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria.

In 1999, 2002 and 2007, the "Subcommittee on the taxonomy of the family Halobacteriaceae" also recommended the use of three-letter abbreviations for genera of the family Halobacteriaceae.

The proposals of these two subcommittees should be adopted by authors, reviewers and journal editors and they are listed below.

 

References:

IMHOFF (J.F.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes - Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 28 August 2000, Barcelona, Spain. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2002, 52, 2335-2336.
Minutes of the Meetings, 28 August 2000, Barcelona, Spain in IJSEM Online

IMHOFF (J.F.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes - Subcommitteee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2004, 54, 1001-1003.
Original article in IJSEM Online

LAPAGE (S.P.), SNEATH (P.H.A.), LESSEL (E.F.), SKERMAN (V.B.D.), SEELIGER (H.P.R.) and CLARK (W.A.): International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria (1990 Revision). American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C., 1992.

MADIGAN (M.T.) and IMHOFF (J.F.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 29 August 2006, Pau, France. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2007, 57, 1169-1171.
Original article in IJSEM Online

OREN (A.): Personal communication (November 25, 2002).

OREN (A.) and VENTOSA (A.): International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology - Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Halobacteriaceae. Minutes of the meetings, 16 August 1999, Sydney, Australia. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2000, 50, 1405-1407.
Minutes of the Meetings, 16 August 1999, Sydney, Australia in IJSEM Online

OREN (A.) and VENTOSA (A.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes - Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Halobacteriaceae. Minutes of the meetings, 30 July 2002, Paris, France. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2002, 52, 2343-2344.
Minutes of the Meetings, 30 July 2002, Paris, France in IJSEM Online

OREN (A.) and VENTOSA (A.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee on the taxonomy of the Halobacteriaceae. Minutes of the meetings, 25 July 2005, San Francisco, CA, USA. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2005, 55, 2637-2638.
Original article in IJSEM Online

TRÜPER (H.G.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology - Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 10 September 1997, Vienna, Austria. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol., 1999, 49, 925-926.
Minutes of the Meetings, 10 September 1997, Vienna, Austria in IJSEM Online

OREN (A.), VREELAND (R.H.) AND VENTOSA (A.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Halobacteriaceae and subcommittee on the taxonomy of Halomonadaceae. Minutes of the joint open meeting, 3 September 2007, Colchester, UK. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2007, 57, 2975-2978.
Minutes of the joint open meeting, 3 September 2007, Colchester, UK in IJSEM Online

 

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Abbreviations proposed by the Subcommittee on the taxonomy of Phototrophic Bacteria

Names of genera Recommended three-letter abbreviations
Acidiphilium Acp.
Acidisphaera Acs.
Allochromatium Alc.
Amoebobacter Amb.
Ancalochloris Anc.
Blastochloris Blc.
Chlorobaculum Cba.
Chlorobium Chl.
Chloroflexus Cfl.
Chloroherpeton Chp.
Chloronema Cln.
Chromatium Chr.
"Citromicrobium" Cmi.
"Clathrochloris" Clt.
Craurococcus Crc.
Ectothiorhodospira Ect.
Ectothiorhodosinus Ets.
Erythrobacter Erb.
Erythromicrobium Erm.
Erythromonas Emn.
Halochromatium Hch.
Halorhodospira Hlr.
Heliobacillus Hba.
Heliobacterium Hbt.
Heliophilum Hph.
Heliorestis Hrs.
Heliothrix Htr.
Isochromatium Isc.
Lamprobacter Lpb.
Lamprocystis Lpc.
Marichromatium Mch.
Methylobacterium Mtb.
Oscillochloris Osc.
Paracraurococcus Pcr.
Pelodictyon Pld.
Phaeospirillum Phs.
Porphyrobacter Por.
Prosthecochloris Ptc.
Rhabdochromatium Rbc.
Rhodobaca Rca.*
Rhodobacter Rba.
Rhodobium Rbi.
Rhodoblastus Rbl.
Rhodocista Rcs.
Rhodocyclus Rcy.
Rhodoferax Rfx.
Rhodomicrobium Rmi.
Rhodopila Rpi.
Rhodoplanes Rpl.
Rhodopseudomonas Rps.
Rhodospira Rsa.
Rhodospirillum Rsp.
Rhodothalassium Rts.
Rhodovarius Rvs.
Rhodovibrio Rhv.
Rhodovulum Rdv.**
Roseateles Rst.
Roseibacterium Rim.
Roseibium Rib.
Roseicyclus Ric.
Roseiflexus Rof.
Roseinatronobacter Rna.
Roseisalinus Ris.
Roseivirga Riv.
Roseivivax Rsv.
Roseobacter Rsb.
Roseococcus Rsc.
Roseospira Ros.
Roseospirillum Rss.
Roseovarius Rva.
Rubrimonas Rum.
Rubritepida Rut.
Rubrivivax Rvi.
Sandaracinobacter San.
Staleya Stl.
Thermochromatium Tch.
Thioalkalicoccus Tac.
Thiobaca Tba.
Thiocapsa Tca.
Thiococcus Tco.
Thiocystis Tcs.
Thiodictyon Tdc.
Thioflavicoccus Tfc.
Thiohalocapsa Thc.
Thiolamprovum Tlp.
Thiopedia Tpd.
Thiorhodococcus Trc.
Thiorhodospira Trs.
Thiorhodovibrio Trv.
Thiospirillum Tsp.
 

*: In the "Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan 2003", published in the May 2004 issue of the IJSEM [1], the three-letter abbreviation for the genus Rhodobaca is erroneously cited as Rbc [2]. - References: (1) IMHOFF (J.F.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes - Subcommitteee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2004, 54, 1001-1003. (2) IMHOFF (J.F.): Personal communication (May 13, 2004). (3) Erratum in IJSEM Online. (4) IMHOFF (J.F.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): Erratum. International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2004, 54, 1907.
Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan in IJSEM Online

**: In 1997, the "Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria" proposed the abbreviation Rdv [1]. In the "Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan 2003", published in the May 2004 issue of the IJSEM, this abbreviation is erroneously cited as Rvu [2, 3]. - References: (1) TRÜPER (H.G.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology - Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 10 September 1997, Vienna, Austria. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol., 1999, 49, 925-926. (2) IMHOFF (J.F.) and MADIGAN (M.T.): International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes - Subcommitteee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria. Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol., 2004, 54, 1001-1003. (3) IMHOFF (J.F.): Personal communication (May 13, 2004). (4) Erratum in IJSEM Online.
Minutes of the Meetings, 10 September 1997, Vienna, Austria in IJSEM Online
Minutes of the meetings, 27 August 2003, Tokyo, Japan in IJSEM Online

 

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Abbreviations proposed by the Subcommittee on the taxonomy of the family Halobacteriaceae

Names of genera Recommended three-letter abbreviations
Haladaptatus Hap.
Halalkalicoccus Hac.
Haloarcula Har.
Halobacterium Hbt.
Halobaculum Hbl.
Halobiforma Hbf.
Halococcus Hcc.
Haloferax Hfx.
Halogeometricum Hgm.
Halomicrobium Hmc.
Halopiger Hpg.
Haloplanus Hpn.
Haloquadratum Hqr.
Halorhabdus Hrd.
Halorubrum Hrr.
Halosimplex Hsx.
Halostagnicola Hst.
Haloterrigena Htg.
Halovivax Hvx.
Natrialba Nab.
Natrinema Nnm.
Natronobacterium Nbt.
Natronococcus Ncc.
Natronolimnobius Nln.
Natronomonas Nmn.
Natronorubrum Nrr.


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