Transfer of Pantoea citrea, Pantoea punctata and Pantoea terrea to the genus Tatumella emend. as Tatumella citrea comb. nov., Tatumella punctata comb. nov. and Tatumella terrea comb. nov. and description of Tatumella morbirosei sp. nov

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2010 Mar;60(Pt 3):484-494. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.012070-0. Epub 2009 Aug 4.


Pantoea citrea, Pantoea punctata and Pantoea terrea were described for strains isolated from fruit and soil originating in Japan. These three 'Japanese' species have been shown to be phylogenetically distant from other species of the genus Pantoea. It has been observed previously that, using multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA), the 'Japanese' species consistently formed a distinct clade with an extended branch length, casting doubt on the inclusion of these species within the genus Pantoea. Furthermore, the 'Japanese' species are closely related to Tatumella ptyseos, strains of which originate from human clinical specimens. DNA-DNA hybridization and phenotypic tests confirmed the observed phylogenetic distance of P. citrea, P. punctata and P. terrea from the genus Pantoea and the affiliation of these species with Tatumella. In addition, strains causing pink disease of pineapple, identified previously as P. citrea , were shown to represent a separate species by using 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, and MLSA and DNA-DNA hybridization data. The name Tatumella morbirosei sp. nov. with the type strain LMG 23360(T) (=BD 878(T)=NCPPB 4036(T)=CMC6(T)) is proposed to accommodate these strains. The new combinations Tatumella citrea (Kageyama et al. 1992) comb. nov. (type strain, SHS 2003(T)=ATCC 31623(T)=BD 875( T)=CCUG 30156(T)=CIP 105599(T)=DSM 13699(T)=JCM 8882(T)=LMG 22049(T)), Tatumella punctata (Kageyama et al. 1992) comb. nov. (type strain, SHS 2006(T)=ATCC 31626(T)=BD 876( T)=CCUG 30159(T)=CIP 105598(T)=DSM 13700(T)=JCM 8885(T)=LMG 22050(T)) and Tatumella terrea (Kageyama et al. 1992) comb. nov. (type strain, SHS 2008(T)=ATCC 31628(T)=BD 877(T)=CCUG 30161(T)=CIP 105600(T)=DSM 13701(T)=JCM 8887(T)=LMG 22051(T)) are proposed for P. citrea, P. punctata and P. terrea , respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Enterobacteriaceae / classification*
  • Enterobacteriaceae / genetics
  • Enterobacteriaceae / isolation & purification
  • Fruit / microbiology
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Pantoea / classification*
  • Pantoea / genetics
  • Pantoea / isolation & purification
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Soil Microbiology


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/EF688006
  • GENBANK/EF688007
  • GENBANK/EF688008
  • GENBANK/EU344769
  • GENBANK/EU344770
  • GENBANK/FJ617235