The 5S ribosomal ribonucleic acid (rRNA) sequences were determined for , and . A dendrogram constructed by a clustering algorithm from these sequences, which were aligned with all other hitherto known eubacterial 5S rRNA sequences, showed differences as well as similarities with respect to results derived from 16S rRNA analyses. In the 5S rRNA dendrogram, clustered together with and , as in 16S rRNA analyses. Intraphylum relationships deduced from 5S rRNAs suggested that is specifically related to rather than to , as was suggested by 16S rRNA analyses. Previous taxonomic considerations concerning the genus , based on biochemical and physiological data, were confirmed by the 5S rRNA sequence analysis.


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