A Gram-negative, non-motile and moderately halophilic rod-shaped bacterium, designated strain BH206, was isolated from a saline lake of Xinjiang province in China. The isolate showed catalase-positive and oxidase-negative reactions and did not reduce nitrate. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the isolate was most closely related to [] HY1 with 95.8 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, and formed a tight phyletic group with [] HY1 with a bootstrap value of 99 % within the family . However, strain BH206 and [] HY1 formed a phyletic lineage distinct from other species. The 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities of strain BH206 with other related type species were lower than 94.6 %. On the basis of physiological and molecular properties, it is clear that [] should be reclassified in the new genus as gen. nov., comb. nov. (type strain HY1=CGMCC 1.6101=JCM 14015) and that strain BH206 represents a novel species within the genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain of is BH206 (=KCTC 12883=DSM 19287).


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Transmission electron micrograph showing general morphology of negatively stained cells of strain BH206 .

Cellular fatty acid composition (%) of strain BH206T and related type strains

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