The 16S rRNA gene sequences of and were closely related (94·5–94–7% similarity) to that of , the type species of the genus However, was distinct from the other members of this genus, with low 16S rRNA similarities when compared to (88·7%). On the basis of phylogenetic tree reconstruction, detection of signature bases and DNA-DNA hybridization data, it is proposed to transfer to a novel genus, , as gen. nov., comb, nov., and to accommodate JCM 9743 and strain GSL-11 in the same species. On the basis of morphological, cultural and 16S rRNA sequence data, it is also proposed that the culture collection strains of NCIMB 767, ATCC 43102 and JCM 8979 should be renamed as sp.


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