A bacterial strain, designated Coryn-1, was isolated from mucus of the coral (northern Red Sea, Gulf of Eilat, Israel) by growth and enrichment of micro-organisms in agar spheres and subsequent plating. The bacterium was found to be a Gram-positive, non-motile, halotolerant, heterotrophic coccobacillus. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analyses showed that strain Coryn-1 belonged to the genus , exhibiting the highest levels of similarity (94 %) with the 16S rRNA gene sequence of YIM 70093. The novel strain grew well at 0.5–4.0 % salinity, at pH 7.2–9.0 and at 30–37 °C. The major cellular fatty acids were oleic acid (C 9; 58 %), palmitic acid (C; 30 %) and tuberculostearic acid (10-methyl-C; 12 %). The DNA G+C content was 66.6 mol%. On the basis of its phenotypic properties and phylogenetic distinctiveness, strain Coryn-1 represents a novel species, for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is Coryn-1 (=DSM 45190=LMG 24561).


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Neighbour-joining 16S rRNA gene sequence phylogenetic tree, based on a comparison of ~1265 bases, showing the relationship between strain Coryn-1 and 67 strains. [ PDF] 209 KB


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