Halobacterium sodomense, a halophilic bacterium from the Dead Sea, degraded starch to glucose by means of an extracellular amyloglucosidase with a temperature optimum of around 65°C in the presence of 1.4 M NaCl, and around 75°C in the presence of 3.9 M NaCl. The enzyme required salt concentrations higher than 1 M for optimal activity, NaCl, KCl, and MgCl2 being equally suitable as activators. The optimum pH was 7.5. H. sodomense culture supernatants showed only a very low maltose degrading activity. H. sodomense excreted amyloglucosidase constitutively, and relatively high activities were found in cultures grown in the absence of starch; when glucose was added to the growth medium, the amount of enzyme excreted into the medium decreased.