It is proposed that the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology conserve the specific epithet over the specific epithet in the scientific name of the organism currently known as (Grimes and Hennerty 1931) Bascomb et al. 1971. Although the name was applied to what may be the same organism and was validly published by Paine and Stansfield in 1919, the name remained obscure until the only extant strain, claimed to originate from the collection on which Paine and Stansfield based their description of , was found by Grimont et al. in 1978 to be identical with biotype C1c. Meanwhile, the name has gained worldwide acceptance. To stabilize the nomenclature and to avoid confusion in the literature, the specific epithet should be retained in the name of this organism.


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