On the basis of 16S rRNA, , and gene sequence analyses, characterization of biochemical features and other phenotypic traits and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) fingerprinting, it was ascertained that strains MTCC 7303, MTCC 7304 and MTCC 7305 do not conform to the descriptions of the type strains of the respective species. Strains MTCC 7303 and MTCC 7304 were indistinguishable from DSM 21631, while strain MTCC 7305 should be classified as a representative of a sp. Our attempts to find other deposits of the type strains of these species were unsuccessful. Therefore, the results support the Request for an Opinion on the status of the species and by Branquinho [Branquinho, R., Klein, G., Kämpfer, P. & Peixe, L. V. (2015). Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 65, 1101]. It is also proposed that the Judicial Commission should place the name on the list of rejected names if a suitable replacement type strain cannot be found or a neotype is not proposed within two years following the publication of this Request (Rule 18c).

This study was supported by the:
  • National Infrastructure of Natural Resources for Science and Technology Program of China (Award no. NIMR-2015-9)

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