In a recent publication, data was presented supporting Bacillus axarquiensis Ruiz-García et al. 2005, Bacillus malacitensis Ruiz-García et al. 2005 and Brevibacterium halotolerans Delaporte and Sasson 1967 (Approved Lists 1980) being treated as heterotypic synonyms. The nomenclatural consequences proposed were that under these circumstances the correct name to be used is Bacillus axarquiensis Ruiz-García et al. 2005, but this is not consistent with the wording of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes and it is, therefore, it is necessary to establish the correct name to be used.