Fourteen strains of a hitherto unknown catalase-positive, aerobic, gram-positive coryneformlike organism were isolated from the milk of sheep with subclinical mastitis from different regions of Spain. The strains phenotypically closely resembled one another and biochemically were similar to and subsp. The results of chemotaxonomic investigations were consistent with membership in the genus , and comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies showed that the unknown bacterium from sheep was indeed a member of the genus Within the genus the new bacterium formed a distinct subline that exhibited >4% sequence divergence with other species. Based on both phenotypic and phylogenetic findings, a new species, , is proposed for the organisms from mastitic sheep. The type strain of is CECT 4843 (= S-8).


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