Scientific classification
Domain: Archaea
Kingdom: Euryarchaeota
Phylum: Euryarchaeota
Class: Methanococci Boone 2002
Order: Methanococcales Balch and Wolfe 1981

In taxonomy, the Methanococcales are an order of the Methanococci.[1]


The currently accepted taxonomy is based on the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) [2] and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)[3] and the phylogeny is based on 16S rRNA-based LTP release 106 by 'The All-Species Living Tree' Project.[4]


?M. villosus Bellack et al. 2011

M. fervens (Jeanthon et al. 1999) Whitman 2002

M. jannaschii (Jones et al. 1984) Whitman 2002 (type sp.)

M. vulcanius (Jeanthon et al. 1999) Whitman 2002

M. indicus L'Haridon et al. 2003

M. infernus (Jeanthon et al. 1998) Whitman 2002


M. igneus (Burggraf et al. 1990) Whitman 2002 (type sp.)

M. formicicus Takai et al. 2004


Methanothermococcus thermolithotrophicus (Huber et al. 1984) Whitman 2002 (type sp.)


?M. maripaludis Jones et al. 1984

?M. voltae Balch et al. 1981 emend. Ward et al. 1989

M. vannielii Stadtman and Barker 1951 (type sp.)

Methanothermococcus okinawensis Takai et al. 2002

M. aeolicus Kendall et al. 2006


Further reading

Scientific journals

Scientific books

Scientific databases

  • PubMed references for Methanococcales
  • PubMed Central references for Methanococcales
  • Google Scholar references for Methanococcales

External links

  • NCBI taxonomy page for Methanococcales
  • Search Tree of Life taxonomy pages for Methanococcales
  • Search Species2000 page for Methanococcales
  • MicrobeWiki page for Methanococcales
  • LSPN page for Methanococcales