Proposal of Membranihabitans gen. nov. as a replacement name for the illegitimate prokaryotic generic name Membranicola Li et al. 2016

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2022 Oct;72(10). doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.005576.


The prokaryotic generic name Membranicola Li et al. 2016 is illegitimate because it is a later homonym of the name Membranicola Foissner, Berger and Schaumburg 1999 (Tintinnidae) (Principle 2 and Rule 51b(4) of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes). We therefore propose the replacement generic name Membranihabitans with type species Membranihabitans marinus comb. nov.

Keywords: Membranicola; Saprospiraceae; homonym; illegitimate name.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Base Composition
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids* / chemistry
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Fatty Acids