A new genus of methanogenic bacteria () comprising a single species, sp. nov., is described. The microorganisms of this genus require sodium chloride concentrations in the moderately halophilic range of 1.0 to 2.5 M for optimal growth and methanogenesis. Methanol and methylamines are the substrates that are utilized for growth. is a methanogenic coccoid microorganism isolated from the sediments of the Great Salt Lake. The optimum temperature and salinity for growth and methanogenesis were 37°C and 2.0 M NaCI, respectively. The description is based on a single strain, strain SLP (= ATCC 35705), which is thus the type strain.


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