Query: NC_016818:362548 Rahnella aquatilis CIP 78.65 = ATCC 33071 chromosome, complete Lineage: Rahnella aquatilis; Rahnella; Enterobacteriaceae; Enterobacteriales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Environment: Host; Isolation: drinking water; Temp: Mesophile; Isolation:drinking water. Rahnella aquatilis is a facultatively anaerobic, nitrogen-fixing, gram-negative rod from the Enterobacteriaceae family. It is usually found in fresh water. It is sometimes found in human clinical specimens.
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General Information: This species is a green sulfur bacterium which forms sedimentary biofilm layers. It has been shown to be associated with coral killed by Black-Band Disease (BBD) a microbial infection of larger coral species. This is a concern for reef conservationists as the larger species are responsible for coral scaffolds, and their reduction by disease would have considerable impact on the reef structure. While there is currently no cause-and-effect link between Prosthecochloris aestuarii and BBD, the species was found on coral which was killed by the disease and was not found on healthy coral or in the surrounding seawater.