Aim: This report describes the use of a six-gene multi-locus sequence analysis (MLSA) to correctly identify Vibrio strains of the Harveyi clade. Methods and Results: Vibrio isolates were characterized using a six housekeeping gene MLSA. The study provided evidence supporting: (i) a substantial number of reference strains maintained within commercial culture collections are misidentified taxonomically at the species level; (ii) two V. alginolyticus subclades retain species-level divergence; and (iii) V. communis and V. owensii likely are the same species. Conclusion: A significant number (n=10) of Harveyi clade Vibrio strains have been inaccurately identified, including evidence that V. communis and V. owensii strains, two recently discovered species assigned to the Harveyi clade, comprise a single species. Significance and Impact of the study: As Harveyi clade vibrios have an enormous impact on human and aquatic animal health, it is of paramount importance to identify members of the Harveyi clade correctly.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology