Flavobacterium muglaense sp. nov. isolated from internal organs of apparently healthy rainbow trout

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2021 Jul;71(7). doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.004903.


Two yellow-pigmented isolates, F-60T and F-392, were isolated from the internal organs of an apparently healthy rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The strains were identified as members of the genus Flavobacterium based on the results of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Strains F-60T and F-392 had the highest 16S rRNA gene sequence identity level of 97.4 % to the type strain of Flavobacterium crassostreae LPB0076T. A polyphasic taxonomic approach including phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and genomic characterization was employed to ascertain the taxonomic position of the strains within the genus Flavobacterium. Digital DNA-DNA hybridization (dDDH) and average nucleotide identity based on blast (ANIb) values for strains F-60T and F-392 were calculated as 100 %. However, dDDH and ANI analyses between the strains and their close neighbours confirmed that both strains represent a novel species in the genus Flavobacterium. The strains shared the highest dDDH and ANIb levels of 23.3 and 77.9%, respectively, with the type strain of Flavobacterium frigidarium DSM 17623T while those values for F. crassostreae LPB0076T were obtained as 21.4-21.5 % and 76.3 %. The DNA G+C content of the strains was 34.5 mol%. Chemotaxonomic and phylogenomic analyses of these isolates confirmed that both strains are representatives of a novel species for which the name Flavobacterium muglaense sp. nov. is proposed, with F-60T as the type strain (=JCM 34196T=KCTC 82256T).

Keywords: Aquaculture; Flavobacterium; genome analysis; rainbow trout.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Base Composition
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids / chemistry
  • Flavobacterium / classification*
  • Flavobacterium / isolation & purification
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oncorhynchus mykiss / microbiology*
  • Phylogeny*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


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