The intra- and intergeneric relationships of the genus , and the phylogenetic position of and , were investigated by comparative oligonucleotide cataloguing of 16S rRNA. All the staphylococci investigated form a phylogenetically coherent group at the genus level that, in addition, contains the anaerobic species . The genus belongs to the broad cluster that is defined by Gram-positive bacteria with a low DNA G+C content.

is not a genuine member of the genus . The binary matching coefficients between the 16S rRNA of and those of representatives of the group and related genera indicate that should be regarded as a member of a new genus.


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