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Twelve strains of thermophilic campylobacters isolated in Valencia from faeces of infants and young children with diarrhoea, and from seawater, were biotyped and examined by analysis of chromosomal DNA HaeIII ribopatterns. The strains were identified as Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli, and all had different ribopatterns except for three identical faecal isolates of C. jejuni biotype I. No correlation was found between Lior biotype and HaeIII ribopattern but several bands within ribopatterns were identified as possible species markers for use in diagnostic and epidemiological studies.