Pro.te.o.bac.te’ri.a L. masc. n.Proteus, a Greek god of the sea, capable of assuming many different shapes
Stackebrandt E, Murray RGE, Trüper HG. Proteobacteria classis nov., a name for the phylogenetic taxon that includes the "purple bacteria and their relatives". Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 1988; 38:321-325.
validly published, illegitimate name
in need of a replacement
This taxon name is occasionally misprinted in the literature as: "Protebacteria"; "Proteoobacteria"; "Proterobacteria".
No type order designated.
According to Rules 15, 22 and 27(3), the class Proteobacteria is illegitimate because it was proposed without the designation of a nomenclatural type.Publication:
Euzeby JP, Tindall BJ. Nomenclatural type of orders: corrections necessary according to Rules 15 and 21a of the Bacteriological Code (1990 Revision), and designation of appropriate nomenclatural types of classes and subclasses. Request for an opinion. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2001; 51:725-727.
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