A natural species concept for prokaryotes

Curr Opin Microbiol. 1998 Jun;1(3):271-7. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5274(98)80029-5.


Direct molecular analyses of natural microbial populations reveal patterns that should compel microbiologists to adopt a more natural species concept that has been known to biologists for decades. The species debate can be exploited to address a larger issue - microbiologists need, in general, to take a more natural view of the organisms they study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / classification*
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal*
  • Ecology*
  • Evolution, Molecular*


  • DNA, Ribosomal