The Tannin-Degrading Species Streptococcus gallolyticus and Streptococcus caprinus Are Subjective Synonyms
LINDSAY I. SLY1, MARIAN M. CAHILL1, RO OSAWA2, AND TOMOHIKO FUJISAWA2
1Centre for Bacterial Diversity and Identfication, Department of Microbiology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland4072, Australia
2Kanagawa Prefectual Public Health Laboratory, Asahi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
The tannin-degrading species Streptococcus gallolyticus and Streptococcus caprinus have been shown to be
subjective synonyms on the basis of their levels of 16s rRNA sequence similarity (98.3%) and DNA-DNA
homology (>70%) and the phenotypes of their type strains. S.gallolyticus has nomenclatural priority according
to Rule 24b(2) of theInternational Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria.