A collection of 12 strains, isolated from diseased tortoises and tentatively identified as [] -like based on phenotypic characters, was compared with three reference strains of [] . All strains could be separated from the reference strains with respect to 16S rRNA gene sequences, partial sequences of the housekeeping gene and by phenotypic characters. Based upon differences in 16S rRNA and gene sequences, the new isolates are suggested to represent a novel species in a new genus of the family Pohl 1981, for which the name gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is 1662 (=CCUG 55632=DSM 21392). -Haemolysis and acid production from (+)--arabinose, dulcitol, (−)--mannitol, (+)--mannose, trehalose and salicin separated the new strains from members of existing genera of the family , in addition to the -galactosidase, urease and -glucosidase reactions. Differences in indole production, phosphatase, -glucosidase and production of acid from dulcitol and trehalose separated from [] . Several phenotypic characters separated from Bisgaard's taxa 14 and 32.


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