Summary: A total of 203 characters has been determined for 68 strains of Aeromonas belonging to the group. The results have been subjected to computer analysis using the coefficient of Jaccard-Sneath and the strains clustered by the method of aggregation according to the variance.

The 68 strains can be divided into two well-segregated classes on the basis of 59 variable characters, of which seven are of diagnostic value. The two classes are considered as two separate species. The first one (42 strains) is assigned to the type species of the genus, and it appears that the species name, is an illegitimate synonym for The second (26 strains) constitutes a new species for which the name sp.nov. is proposed. The type strain of this new species has been deposited under the reference CIP7433 (our strain 208).


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