Eilatimonas milleporae gen. nov., sp. nov., a marine bacterium isolated from the hydrocoral Millepora dichotoma

Nithyanand Paramasivam, Eitan Ben-Dov, Luba Arotsker, Ariel Kushmaro

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A marine bacterial strain, designated MD2T, was isolated from the damaged tissue of a hydrocoral, Millepora dichotoma, collected from the coral reef in the northern Red Sea, Gulf of Eilat, Israel. Strain MD2T was Gram-reaction-negative, rod-shaped and motile, and formed small, creamy and opaque colonies, 1-2 mm in diameter, after 3 days incubation on Marine agar at 30°C. The novel strain grew well in nutrient broth at 1.5-6 % NaCl and at 20-37°C. The major cellular fatty acids were iso-C17: 1ω9c, iso-C17: 0, C18: 1ω7c and C17: 1ω6c. The polar lipids consisted of phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine, an unidentified lipid, two unidentified phospholipids, two unidentified glycolipids and two unidentified aminolipids. Ubiquinone Q-10 was the only respiratory lipoquinone. The DNA G+C content was 60.3 mol%. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence placed the organism in the α-subclass of the Proteobacteria with a sequence divergence of about 9 % from any species with a validly published name. The highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity (approximately 91 %) was notably with type strains of members of the genus Kordiimonas, Kordiimonas aestuarii 101-1T,Kordiimonas lacus S3-22T and Kordiimonas gwangyangensis GW14-5T. On the basis of genotypic, chemotaxonomic and phenotypic distinctness, strain MD2T represents a novel species in a new genus of the classAlphaproteobacteria, for which the name Eilatimonas milleporae gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain of the type species is MD2T (= LMG 26586T = DSM 25217T).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1880-1884
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue numberPART 5
StatePublished - 1 May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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