A new genus of the family is proposed on the basis of its unique biochemical and serological properties. The genus, (named in honor of Max Levine), is composed of two different species, for which the names and are proposed. is designated as the type species. The type strain of is 982 (=ATCC 25405) and the type strain of is 179 (=ATCC 25408). Information is given which distinguishes the proposed new genus from certain species of and , the genera which it most closely resembles. The similarity of to organisms in the proposed new genus Macierewicz (9) is discussed.


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