Homology analysis of partial 16S rRNA gene sequences of S . tigurinus strains, S . mitis group species and more distantly related streptococci shows hypervariable regions. Multiple alignment of the sequences was performed with the Clustal V program, sequence of the type strain S. tigurinus AZ_3aT (CCOS 600T; DSM 24864T), is the reference sequence. The lines above the reference sequence depict the positions of the forward and reverse primers and the S. tigurinus specific TaqMan probes Sti3 (specific for S. tigurinus AZ_3a) and Sti4 (specific for S. tigurinus AZ_4a).