Comparative 16S rRNA (rDNA) sequence analyses performed on the thermophilic species , and revealed that these organisms are sufficiently different from the traditional species to warrant reclassification in a new genus, gen. nov. An analysis of 16S rRNA sequences established that these three thermoacidophiles cluster in a group that differs markedly from both the obligately thermophilic organism and the facultatively thermophilic organism , as well as many other common mesophilic and thermophilic species. The thermoacidophilic species , and also are unique in that they possess ω-alicylic fatty acid as the major natural membranous lipid component, which is a rare phenotype that has not been found in any other species characterized to date. This phenotype, along with the 16S rRNA sequence data, suggests that these thermoacidophiles are biochemically and genetically unique and supports the proposal that they should be reclassified in the new genus .


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