A new species of has been recovered 40 times from necrotic cactus tissue occurring in widely separated geographic areas. The organism has been named because of the extremely slimy, almost watery appearance of its colonies on solid media. Eleven strains were isolated in Baja California Sur, Mexico, where its principal host plant was (agria), and 29 strains came from rotting cladodes of in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. The base composition of the nuclear deoxyribonucleic acid of is 43.2 to 44.0 mol% (range of five strains). The type strain of is UCD-FS&T 76-236C (= ATCC 42174 = CBS 7071).


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