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Abstract

A novel, extremely thermoacidophilic, obligately chemolithotrophic archaeon (strain JP7) was isolated from a solfatara on Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea. Cells of this organism were non-motile, Gram-negative staining, irregular-shaped cocci, 0.5–1.5 μm in size, that grew aerobically by oxidation of sulfur, Fe or mineral sulfides. Cells grew anaerobically using Fe as a terminal electron acceptor and HS as an electron donor but did not oxidize hydrogen with elemental sulfur as electron acceptor. Strain JP7 grew optimally at 74 °C (temperature range 45–83 °C) and pH 0.8–1.4 (pH range 0.35–3.0). On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, strain JP7 was shown to belong to the , being most closely related to the type strains of (93.7 %) and (93.6 %). Cell-membrane lipid structure, DNA base composition and 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity data support the placement of this strain in the genus . Differences in aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, temperature and pH range for growth, and 16S rRNA gene sequence differentiate strain JP7 from recognized species of the genus , and an emendation of the description of the genus is proposed. Strain JP7 is considered to represent a novel species of the genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is JP7 (=DSM 18786=JCM 13667).

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