Hettiarachchi SA, Lee SJ, Lee Y, Kwon YK, Kwon KK, Yang SH, Jo E, Kang DH, Oh C.
A gram-negative, rod-shaped, motile, oxidase- and catalase-positive, non-pigmented marine bacterium, designated strain OS-11M-2T, was isolated from a coral sample collected from the Osakura coastal area in Micronesia. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences indicated that strain OS-11M-2T is a member of the family Vibrionaceae, its closest neighbors being Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida NCIMB 2058T (94.9%), Photobacterium damselae subsp. damselae CIP 102761T (94.75%), Grimontia marina IMCC5001T (94.5%), Enterovibrio coralii LMG 22228T (94.5%), and Grimontia celer 96-237T (94.5%). The major cellular fatty acids were summed feature 3 (21.4%), summed feature 8 (18.5%), iso-C16:0 (13.8%), and C16:0 (11.9%). The major respiratory quinone of the bacterium was ubiquinone-8 (Q-8) and its major polar lipid phosphatidylethanolamine. Six amino lipids, two phospholipids, and one polar lipid, all unidentified, were detected. The DNA G+C content was 49.7 mol%. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of OS-11M-2T was registered in GenBank under accession number MF359550. On the basis of phenotypic, genotypic, and phylogenetic analyses, strain OS-11M-2T represents a novel genus of the family Vibrionaceae, for which we propose the name Corallibacterium pacifica gen. nov., sp. nov., with the type strain of the type species being OS-11M-2T (= KCCM 43265T). The digital protologue database (DPD) taxon number for strain OS-11M-2T is GA00041.