A Gram-staining-negative, rod-shaped, strictly aerobic, non-flagellated, non-gliding and yellow-pigmented bacterial strain, designated as strain CZ1127T, capable of utilizing sulfated fucan, was isolated from shallow coastal seawater of Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao, PR China. Its taxonomic position was investigated by a polyphasic approach. CZ1127T grew at 15-37 °C (optimum, 25 °C), pH 5.5-9.0 (optimum, pH 6.5-7.5) and in the presence of 0-4 % (w/v) NaCl [optimum, 0-3 % (w/v)]. CZ1127T contained MK-6 as the sole menaquinone, and iso-C15 : 0, iso-C17 : 0 3-OH, C16 : 1ω7c/C16 : 1ω6c and iso-C15 : 0 3-OH as its major fatty acids. The DNA G+C content of strain CZ1127T was 32.2 mol%. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene indicated that strain CZ1127T clustered with members of the genus Wenyingzhuangia and was closely related to Wenyingzhuangia marina CGMCC 1.12162T (97.4 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity) and Wenyingzhuangia gracilariae KCTC 42246T (96.1 %). The DNA-DNA relatedness between strain CZ1127T and W. marina CGMCC 1.12162T was 41.9±1.5 %. On the basis of the phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic data, CZ1127T represents a novel species of the genus Wenyingzhuangia, for which the name Wenyingzhuangia fucanilytica sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is CZ1127T (=CCTCC AB 2015089T=KCTC 42864T).