The genus was described in 2005, with the two species and , mainly on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. At that time, these organisms formed a quite separate branch in a 16S rRNA gene sequence-based tree, but, in subsequent studies, it became obvious that the species and and a third species, , were most closely related (>95.0 % similarity) to some species (e.g. , and ). In addition, there is no evidence for clear phenotypic (i.e. chemotaxonomic) differences between these organisms that justifies their assignment to different genera. For these reasons, a proposal is made to transfer these species to the genus as comb. nov. (type strain AT1013 =JCM 12381 =IMSNU 14040 =KCTC 12225), comb. nov. (type strain AT1047 =JCM 12382 =IMSNU 14049 =KCTC 12226) and comb. nov. (type strain IMCC3228 =KCCM 42689 =NBRC 103143) on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence data and published phenotypic data.


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