We determined the taxonomic status of six species (, and ) by using the results of 16S rRNA gene sequence and cellular fatty acid composition analyses. Phylogenetic analysis clustered these species closely with the species. Like the species, the six species contained anteiso-C fatty acid as a major cellular fatty acid. The use of a specific PCR primer designed for differentiating the genus from other members of the showed that the six species had the same amplified 16S rRNA gene fragment as members of the genus . Based on these observations and other taxonomic characteristics, the six species were transferred to the genus . In addition, we propose emendation of the genus .


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