Name: Brucella Meyer and Shaw 1920 (Approved Lists 1980)

Category: Genus

Proposed as: gen. nov.

Etymology: N.L. fem. dim. n. Brucella, named after Sir David Bruce, who first recognized the organism causing undulant (Malta) fever

Type species: Brucella melitensis (Hughes 1893) Meyer and Shaw 1920 (Approved Lists 1980)

Effective publication: Meyer KF, Shaw EB. A comparison of the morphologic, cultural and biochemical characteristics of B. abortus and B. melitensis from cattle. Studies on the genus Brucella nov. gen. Journal of Infectious Diseases 1920; 27:173-184.

IJSEM list: Skerman VBD, McGowan V, Sneath PHA. Approved lists of bacterial names. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1980; 30:225-420.

Nomenclatural status: validly published

Taxonomic status: correct name

Subdivision:

Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 7
Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 12
Total number of child taxa: 12

Parent taxon: Brucellaceae Breed et al. 1957 (Approved Lists 1980)

Assigned by: Breed RS, Murray EGD, Smith (eds) NR. Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 7th ed. The Williams and Wilkins Co., Baltimore, 1957.

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