A Gram-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile, non-spore forming bacterium (SV96) was isolated from wetland soil near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, strain SV96 was shown to belong to the , related to Z-0021 (99·1 %), ATCC 49878 (97·3 %), A45 (97·0 %) and ATCC 51738 (95·8 %); the closest related species within the genus with a validly published name was ATCC 33003 (95·0 %). Chemotaxonomic data (including the major fatty acids: 16 : 18, 16 : 17 and 16 : 15) supported the affiliation of strain SV96 to the genus . The results of DNA–DNA hybridization, physiological and biochemical tests allowed genotypic and phenotypic differentiation of strain SV96 from the four species mentioned above. Strain SV96 therefore represents a novel species, for which the name sp. nov. is proposed (type strain SV96=DSM 17260=ATCC BAA-1195).


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