Sixteen heparinase-producing isolates, related to , were grouped into three major clusters by SDS-PAGE and DNA-rRNA . Based on a polyphasic approach, it was shown that isolates of two of these clusters and belong to a new genus for which the name is proposed. The genus consists of comb. nov. (formerly ), which is the type species, comb. nov. (formerly ), sp. nov. and sp. nov. and four as-yet-unnamed DNA hybridization groups. All the previously named taxa can be discriminated by phenotypic features, but have strong overall similarities with representatives of the genus and the misclassified species [. All these organisms constitute a separate rRNA branch in rRNA superfamily V for which the family fam. nov. is proposed.


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