A Gram-negative, rod-shaped, oxidase-positive, aerobic, non-motile and orange-pigmented bacterial strain, containing flexirubin-type pigments, designated H8, was isolated from raw cow's milk in Israel. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis indicated that the isolate should be placed in the genus (family , phylum ). The levels of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity between strain H8 and the type strains of described species were 97.5 % or lower. Strain H8 grew at 5–37 °C and with 0–3.0 % NaCl. The dominant cellular fatty acids were iso-15 : 0, iso-17 : 0 3-OH, iso-17 : 19 and summed feature 3 (comprising iso-15 : 0 2-OH and/or 16 : 17). On the basis of phenotypic properties and phylogenetic distinctiveness, the milk isolate H8 is classified as a member of a novel species in the genus , for which the name sp. nov. (type strain H8 =LMG 24030 =DSM 19055) is proposed.


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