Two strains of a hitherto undescribed Gram-positive coryneform bacterium isolated from Greenland halibut () were characterized by phenotypic and molecular taxonomic methods. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies demonstrated that the unknown strains constitute a new line within the genus The nearest relatives of the bacterium from fish were members of the group. The unknown bacterium was readily distinguished from these species by phenotypic methods. Based on phylogenetic and phenotypic evidence, it is proposed that the unknown bacterium be classified as sp. nov. The type strain of is CCUG 38813.


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