Taxonomic revision of Harveyi clade bacteria (family Vibrionaceae) based on analysis of whole genome sequences

Henryk Urbanczyk, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi

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Use of inadequate methods for classification of bacteria in the so-called Harveyi clade (family Vibrionaceae, Gammaproteobacteria) has led to incorrect assignment of strains and proliferation of synonymous species. In order to resolve taxonomic ambiguities within the Harveyi clade and to test usefulness of whole genome sequence data for classification of Vibrionaceae, draft genome sequences of 12 strains were determined and analysed. The sequencing included type strains of seven species: Vibrio sagamiensis NBRC 104589T, Vibrio azureus NBRC 104587T, Vibrio harveyi NBRC 15634T, Vibrio rotiferianus LMG 21460T, Vibrio campbellii NBRC 15631T, Vibrio jasicida LMG 25398T, and Vibrio owensii LMG 25443T. Draft genome sequences of strain LMG 25430, previously designated the type strain of [Vibrio communis], and two strains (MWB 21 and 090810c) from the 'beijerinckii' lineage were also determined. Whole genomes of two additional strains (ATCC 25919 and 200612B) that previously could not be assigned to any Harveyi clade species were also sequenced. Analysis of the genome sequence data revealed a clear case of synonymy between V. owensii and [V. communis], confirming an earlier proposal to synonymize both species. Both strains from the 'beijerinckii' lineage were classified as V. jasicida, while the strains ATCC 25919 and 200612B were classified as V. owensii and V. campbellii, respectively. We also found that two strains, AND4 and Ex25, are closely related to Harveyi clade bacteria, but could not be assigned to any species of the family Vibrionaceae. The use of whole genome sequence data for the taxonomic classification of the Harveyi clade bacteria and other members of the family Vibrionaceae is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2742-2751
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue numberPART7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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