The placement of Actinomyces humiferus within the genus Actinomyces has always been controversial. A humiferus differs from typical members of the genus both phenotypically and in possessing a relatively high DNA G + C content. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing has shown that A. humiferus is related only distantly to other species of the genus Actinomyces and is, in fact, a member of the genus Cellulomonas. On the basis of phylogenetic evidence, it is proposed that A. humiferus be reclassified in the genus Cellulomonas as Cellulomonas humilata nom. corrig., comb. nov.


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