Chisholm SW, Frankel SL, Goericke R, Olson RJ, Palenik B, Waterbury JB, West-Johnsrud L, Zettler ER. Prochlorococcus marinus nov. gen. nov. sp. : an oxyphototrophic marine prokaryote containing divinyl chlorophyll a and b. Arch Microbiol 1992; 157:297-300.
Anonymous. Validation list no. 79. List of new names and new combinations previously effectively, but not validly, published. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2001; 51:263-265.
Boone et al. (2001) assigned this genus to the class "Cyanobacteria".Publication:
Garrity GM, Holt JG. The Road Map to the Manual. In: Boone DR, Castenholz RW, Garrity GM (eds), Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, second edition, vol. 1 (The Archaea and the deeply branching and phototrophic Bacteria), Springer-Verlag, New York, 2001, p. 119-166.
Komarek et al. (2014) assigned this genus to the family Prochloraceae (ex Lewin 1977) Florenzano et al. 1986.Publication:
Komárek J, Kaštovský J, Mareš J, Johansen JR. Taxonomic classification of cyanoprokaryotes (cyanobacterial genera) 2014, using a polyphasic approach. Preslia 2014; 86:295-335.
Full authorship: Chisholm, Frankel, Goericke, Olson, Palenik, Waterbury, West-Johnsrud and Zettler 1992.
Prochlorococcus Chisholm et al. 2001 is not validly published because the type species is not validly published.
Number of child taxa with a validly published and correct name: 1 Number of child taxa with a validly published name, including synonyms: 1 Total number of child taxa: 1