Classification of Leptospira genomospecies 1, 3, 4 and 5 as Leptospira alstonii sp. nov., Leptospira vanthielii sp. nov., Leptospira terpstrae sp. nov. and Leptospira yanagawae sp. nov., respectively

Lee D Smythe, Ben Adler, Rudy Hartskeerl, R L Galloway, C Y Turenne, P N Levett

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Abstract

The genus Leptospira currently comprises 17 named species. In addition, four un-named hybridization groups were designated Leptospira genomospecies 1, 3, 4 and 5. These groups represent valid species level taxa, but were not assigned names in the original description by Brenner et al. (1999). To rectify this situation, it is proposed that Leptospira genomospecies 1, genomospecies 3, genomospecies 4 and genomospecies 5 should be classified as Leptospira alstonii sp. nov., Leptospira vanthielii sp. nov., Leptospira terpstrae sp. nov., Leptospira yanagawae sp. nov., respectively with strains L. alstonii 79601T (=ATCC BAA-2439T), L. vanthielii WaZ HollandT (=ATCC 700522T), L. terpstrae LT 11-33T (=ATCC 700639T) and L. yanagawae Sao PauloT (=ATCC 700523T) as type strains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1859 - 1862
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Volume63
Issue numberPt 5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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