|Etymology:||Genus name: named after the British surgeon Lord Lister. |
Species epithet: harmless.
|Significance:||Can be found as a contaminant of food, but can easily be differentiated from L. monocytogenes by cultivation on OCLA-agar. See L. monocytogenes.
[Of minor importance]
|Type Strain:||ATCC 33090 = CCUG 15531 = NCTC 11288.|
|Macromorphology (smell):||No hemolysis on blood agar.|
|Micromorphology:||Motile rod (0.4-0.5 x 1-2 µm). Has a few peritrichous flagella.|
|Gram +/Gram -:||G+|
|Other Enzymes:||Esculinase +, lecithinase -, hippuricase +, tryptophanase - and urease -.|
|Biochemical Tests:||Methyl red +, Voges-Proskauer +.|
|Fermentation of carbohydrates:||
|Reservoir:||The environment (soil, water etc.).|
|16S rRNA Seq.:|
||There are 21 species and subspecies described within the genus and all are very similar. L. innocua and L. monocytogenes have almost identical 16S rRNA sequences.|
|The revised taxonomy of the mollicutes|
The revised taxonomy of mollicutes (mycoplasmas) has now been introduced on VetBact, which means that many of the species have been given new genus names or moved to another higher taxon.Published 2021-11-25. Read more...