The genus is currently allocated, primarily on the basis of phenotypic expression, to the eubacterial family . However, a sizeable collection of molecular genetic evidence, including 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid catalog, 5S ribosomal ribonucleic acid sequence, and ribosomal ribonucleic acid-deoxyribonucleic acid hybridization data, indicates that spp. possess an evolutionary history sufficiently different from that of the to warrant removal from this family. The phylogenetic locus (i.e., intermediate between the families and ) and phylogenetic depth of the genus suggest that spp. represent a discrete family of eubacteria, for which the name fam. nov. is proposed.


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