Dimitry Y. Sorokin, Alexander Merkel

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Abstract’ sum. N.L. pref. methano pertaining to methane; L. neut. part. adj. salsum salted, salty; N.L.neut. n. Methanosalsum the salty methane-producing organism.
The genus Methanosalsum, classified within the family Methanosarcinaceae, order Methanosarcinales, consists of obligately anaerobic high salt-tolerant and alkaliphilic euryarchaea that grow by methanogenic fermentation of C1-methylated compounds. It inhabits inland, hypersaline alkaline lakes. The genus includes two species, Methanosalsum zhilinae, which is the type species of the genus, and Methanosalsum natronophilum. DNA G+C content (mol%): 38–44.8 (Tm). Type species: Methanosalsum zhilinae (Mathrani,
Boone, Mah, Fox and Lau 1988) Boone and Baker, 2002, 686VP (Effectively published: Boone and Baker 2001, 287; Basonym: Methanohalophilus zhilinae Mathrani, Boone, Mah, Fox and Lau 1988, 141).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, Online
EditorsW.B. Whitman
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISBN (Electronic)9781118960608
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Methanosalsum
  • soda lakes
  • haloalkaliphilic
  • Methanosarcinales
  • methylotrophic

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    Sorokin, D. Y., & Merkel, A. (2018). Methanosalsum. In W. B. Whitman (Ed.), Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, Online (pp. 1-8). John Wiley & Sons.