Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 126, Issue 3, pp 291–293 | Cite as

Flexirubin-type pigments in Flavobacterium

  • H. Reichenbach
  • W. Kohl
  • Angelika Böttger-Vetter
  • H. Achenbach
Short Communication


In an organism (strain C 1/2 from Dr. P. R. Hayes, Leeds) regarded as a typical representative of the genus Flavobacterium, flexirubin-type pigments have been identified. The Flavobacterium pigments contain structural elements of both, the pigments of the genus Flexibacter and the pigments of the genus Cytophaga. As flexirubin-type pigments seem to have a rather restricted distribution among bacteria, and have formerly proved to be useful chemosystematic markers for the flexibacteria, this new observation may indicate that there is a relatively close phylogenetic relationship between this type of flavobacteria and the Cytophaga-Flexibacter group.

Key words

Flexirubin-type pigments Flavobacterium Taxonomy of flavobacteria Chemosystematic markers Flexibacteria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Reichenbach
    • 1
  • W. Kohl
    • 2
  • Angelika Böttger-Vetter
    • 2
  • H. Achenbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische ForschungBraunschweig-Stöckheim
  2. 2.Chemisches Laboratorium der UniversitätFreiburgFederal Republic of Germany

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