|Etymology:||Genus name: bunch of grape-like cocci (coccus means a grain or berry).
Species epithet: of epidermis (=the outer layer of skin).
|Significance:||[Bacteria in the normal flora, which can sometimes cause disease]|
|Type Strain:||ATCC 14990 = CCUG 18000 A = CCUG 39508 = NCTC 11047.|
||Medium sized, white, opaque and flat colonies (1-2 mm in diameter). Many strains produce hemolysis on blood agar.|
|Micromorphology:||Non-motile cocci (0.8-1 µm in diameter), which often appear in pairs or in tetrads. May also appear as single cells or in small clusters.|
|Gram +/Gram -:||G+|
|Other Enzymes:||Coagulase-, esculinase -, ornithine decarboxylase -, tryptophanase -, urease +.|
|Biochemical Tests:||Citrate -, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) +, methyl red -, Voges-Proskauer +.|
|Fermentation of carbohydrates:
|Spec. Char.:||Can form a capsule or biofilm consisting of teichoic acid and other components (on e.g. implants).Optimal growth temperature: 30-37°C.|
|Hosts:||Different animal species including cattle, dog, horse and humans.|
|Disease:||Belongs to the normal flora of the skin, but may occasionally cause opportunistic infections.
Cattle: mastitis och wound infections.
Other animals: wound infections.
|16S rRNA Seq.:|
||About 70 species and subspecies have been described within the genus Staphylococcus. S. epidermidis is closely related to S. aureus.|
|Comment:||S. epidermidis is often found as contaminant of clinical samples. S. epidermidis belongs to the group coagulase negativs staphylococci (CNS).|