DSM 17424 was compared with CC-FR2-10 to clarify the taxonomic relationship between the two species. 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons demonstrated that these strains share 99.5 % sequence similarity. Investigation of fatty acid patterns and substrate utilization profiles displayed no striking differences between the type strains of the two species. DNA–DNA hybridizations between the two strains showed 75.4 % (76.6 %) relatedness. Therefore, the reclassification of as a later heterotypic synonym of is proposed, based upon the estimated phylogenetic position derived from 16S rRNA gene sequence data, fatty acid and biochemical data and DNA–DNA hybridization results.


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