Suttonella ornithocola sp nov., from birds of the tit families, and emended description of the genus Suttonella
Foster, G., Malnick, H., Lawson, P.A., Kirkwood, J., MacGregor, S.K. and Collins, M.D. (2005) Suttonella ornithocola sp nov., from birds of the tit families, and emended description of the genus Suttonella. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 55 (6). pp. 2269-2272. ISSN 1466-5026
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Phenotypic and phylogenetic studies were performed on three strains of Gram-negative, rod-shaped organisms recovered from dead birds of the tit families (blue tit, coal tit and long-tailed tit). Morphological, cultural and biochemical studies indicated that the organisms were related to the family Cardiobacteriaceae in the gamma-subclass of the Proteobacteria. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing studies confirmed these findings and demonstrated that the bacterium represents a hitherto unknown subline within this family. The closest phylogenetic relative of the strains isolated from the birds was found to be Suttonella indologenes, although a sequence divergence of approximately 5 % demonstrated that the unknown bacterium represented a novel species. On the basis of the results of the phylogenetic analysis and phenotypic criteria, it is proposed that the bacteria recovered from the diseased birds represent a novel species, Suttonella ornithocola sp. nov., with strain B6/99/2(T) (=CCUG 49457(T)=NCTC 13337(T)) as the type strain.
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