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Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Chloroflexi
Class: Thermomicrobia
Order: Sphaerobacterales
Family: Sphaerobacteraceae
Genus: Sphaerobacter
Demharter et al. 1989

Sphaerobacter thermophilus Demharter et al. 1989

Sphaerobacter is a genus of bacteria. When originally described it was placed in its own subclass (Spahaerobacteridae) within the class Actinobacteria. Subsequently phylogenetic studies have now placed it in its own order Sphaerobacterales within the phylum Chloroflexi.[1][2]


  1. Stackebrandt E, Rainey FA, and Ward-Rainey NL (1997). "Proposal for a new hierarchic classification system, Actinobacteria classis nov". International Journal of Systematic Microbiology. 47 (2): 479–491. doi:10.1099/00207713-47-2-479.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Philip Hugenholtz and Erko Stackebrandt Reclassification of Sphaerobacter thermophilus from the subclass Sphaerobacteridae in the phylum Actinobacteria to the class Thermomicrobia (emended description) in the phylum Chloroflexi (emended description) Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 54 (2004), 2049-2051; doi:10.1099/ijs.0.03028-0 PMID 15545432; PDF