Phylogenomic Analyses of a Clade Within the Family Flavobacteriaceae Suggest Taxonomic Reassignments of Species of the Genera Algibacter, Hyunsoonleella, Jejuia, and Flavivirga, and the Proposal of Pseudalgibacter gen. nov. and Pseudalgibacter alginicilyticus comb. nov

Curr Microbiol. 2021 Aug;78(8):3277-3284. doi: 10.1007/s00284-021-02559-w. Epub 2021 Jun 3.


The family Flavobacteriaceae forms a major branch within the phylum Bacteroidetes. Whole-genome sequence-based analysis could significantly improve the accuracy of taxonomic assignments. In this study, phylogenomic analyses were carried out to revisit the taxonomic status of a clade of the family Flavobacteriaceae. Taking genome-based phylogeny as the primary guideline and average amino acid identity and phenotypic information as supplements, the following taxonomic proposals were put forward: Arenitalea lutea should be reclassified into the genus Algibacter; Algibacter aquaticus should be reclassified into the genus Flavivirga; Jejuia pallidilutea and Algibacter aestuarii should be reclassified into the genus Hyunsoonleella; Algibacter alginicilyticus should be reclassified into the novel genus Pseudalgibacter gen. nov. This study builds up a solid framework for taxonomic decisions of a clade of the family Flavobacteriaceae and will contribute to further insights into the evolution of this family.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Base Composition
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Flavobacteriaceae* / genetics
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Seawater*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


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

Supplementary concepts

  • Algibacter aestuarii
  • Algibacter alginicilyticus
  • Algibacter aquaticus
  • Arenitalea lutea
  • Jejuia pallidilutea