Using tDNA-PCR, the type strain CCM 7198 (←CIP 107470 ←17A04) of was found to be indistinguishable from strains. Therefore, the phenotypic properties, amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) patterns and 16S rRNA and gene sequences of the type strain of (CCM 7198) were determined. We found that the strain used -arginine and -glutamate, in contrast to the original description and in accordance with the phenotypic properties of . By AFLP analysis, CCM 7198 clustered at 50.2 % with a set of strains previously identified by DNA–DNA hybridization, which is in accordance with the previously established intraspecies values of this technique. Sequence similarity of the 16S rRNA gene between the type strains of the two species was found to be 99.9 %. Finally, DNA–DNA relatedness between the type strains of and was redetermined and was found to be 85 %. These findings were corroborated for a second representative of the type strain, DSM 14968. These data confirm that is a later heterotypic synonym of .


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