We compared the 16S rRNA gene sequences of 14 strains of , including type strain CCUG 11256 and strain ZoBell (= ATCC 14405), which represented the seven genomovars (DNA-DNA similarity groups) that have been described. Our sequence analysis revealed clusters which were highly correlated with genomovar clusters derived from DNA-DNA hybridization data. In addition, we identified signature nucleotide positions for each genomovar. We found that the 16S rRNA gene sequences of genomovar 6 strains SP1402 (T = type strain) and LS401 were different enough from the sequence of the type strain of that these organisms should be placed in a new species, The type strain of is strain SP1402 (= DSM 6083).


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