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A Gram-stain-negative, microaerophilic rod-shaped organism designated as strain Z9 was isolated from groundwater of 1.7 km depth from the Mt. Simon Sandstone of the Illinois Basin, Illinois, USA. Cells of strain Z9 were rod shaped with dimensions of 0.3×(1–10) µm and stained Gram-negative. Strain Z9 grew within the temperature range 20–60 °C (optimum at 30–40 °C), between pH 5 and 8 (optimum 5.2–5.8) and under salt concentrations of 1–5 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum 2.5 % NaCl). In addition to growth by fermentation and nitrate reduction, this strain was able to reduce Fe(III), Mn(IV), Co(III) and Cr(VI) when H or organic carbon was available as the electron donor, but did not actively reduce oxidized sulfur compounds (e.g. sulfate, thiosulfate or S). The G+C content of the DNA from strain Z9 was 36.1 mol%. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene from strain Z9 showed that it belongs to the class and shares 97 % sequence similarity with the only currently characterized member of the genus , . Based on the physiological distinctness and phylogenetic information, strain Z9 represents a novel species within the genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is Z9 (=ATCC BAA-2644=DSM 103037).

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