Phylogenetic and Biochemical Studies on Stomatococcus mucilaginosus

Erko Stackebrandt, Christoph Scheuerlein, Karl Heinz Schleifer

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The degree of relatedness of nine strains of Stomatococcus mucilaginosus (formerly classified as ‘Micrococcus mucilaginosus’) was investigated by deoxyribonucleic acid hybridization. We confirm that all strains are highly related. Differences in the peptidoglycan type and the cytochrome pattern between S. mucilaginosus and members of Micrococcus, together with the results of 23 S ribosomal ribonucleic acid cistron similarity studies and the analysis of the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid support the exclusion of this species from the genus Micrococcus and justifies its reclassification as a member of a new genus, Stomatococcus (Bergan and Kocur, 1982). Phylogenetically, S. mucilaginosus represents an independent line of descent within a broad group of Gram-positive bacteria that contains arthrobacteria, micrococci, cellulomonads, brevibacteria and microbacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalSystematic and Applied Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • 16S rRNA analysis
  • Classification
  • Nucleic acid reassociation
  • Phylogeny
  • Stomatococcus mucilaginosus
  • Taxonomy


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