Authorship of the name Rhodococcus sputi is variously attributed to Tsukamura 1978 or Tsukamura and Yano 1985. DNA-DNA binding data indicate that this species and Rhodococcus obuensis Tsukamura 1983 and Rhodococcus chubuensis Tsukamura 1983 are subjective (heterotypic) synonyms. Although these organisms have been placed in the genus Gordonia as Gordonia sputi, the correct name of the taxon created by unification of these three species is directly affected by the date of valid publication of these species as members of the genus Rhodococcus. Thus, the name R. sputi only has priority if the authorship is attributed to Tsukamura 1978. The question of authorship and priority is clarified in the present work.


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