Analysis of the 16S rDNA sequences of species currently assigned to the genus revealed intrageneric phylogenetic heterogeneity. The thermotolerant freshwater species is most closely related to the type species in the subdivision of the green non-sulfur bacteria. The marine species and , on the other hand, were found to form a cluster with the sheathed bacterium in the group of the (FBC) phylum. A proposal is made to transfer these marine species to the genus gen. nov. as comb. nov., comb. nov. and comb. nov. The marine sheathed gliding bacterium was also found to be a member of the FBC phylum but on a separate phylogenetic line to the marine herpetosiphons now assigned to the genus


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