Recent investigations of the evolutionary relationships of marine species assigned to the genera and are reviewed. Data obtained by a number of different methods indicate that these five species are part of a single evolutionary lineage distinct from their close relatives, the fluorescent pseudomonads, and unrelated to the type species of Consequently, all five species are transferred to a new genus, with designated as the type species. The phenotype properties of and are presented, together with the distinguishing traits of these organisms.


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