Colonies on Blood agar are small, round, smooth, convex, yellowish gray. Sometimes
translucent and very adherent to the agar. Chromogenesis: The bacterial growth is
usually a pale greenish yellow on Loeffler's serum medium. Haemolysis is not
produced. Optimum temperature, 37 ºC. Can grow at 22 ºC.
Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Betaproteobacteria, Order Neisseriales, Family Neisseriaceae, Genus Neisseria, Neisseria subflava
(Flügge 1886) Trevisan 1889.
Old synonym: "Micrococcus subflavus" Flügge 1886.
According to Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Second edition, 2005, Neisseria subﬂava contains the previous species N.
ﬂava, N. perﬂava, and N. subﬂava, resulting 3 biovars: N. subﬂava biovar ﬂava, N. subﬂava biovar perﬂava, N. subﬂava biovar
subﬂava. However, it seems that Bergey's consolidation of the species was not official and in the Approved Lists of Bacterial Names
(Amended) 1989, they are distinct species.
Gram-negative cocci, 0.5-1.0 μm in diameter, occurring singly and in pairs with
adjacent sides flattened. Nonmotile. Not capsulated. Endospores are not produced.
Isolated from the nasopharynx of humans. Habitat: human mucous membrane of the respiratory tract. Susceptible to colistin.
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Positive results for carbonic anhydrase, catalase, nitrite reduction (with production of
gas), oxidase, acid production from: glucose & maltose.
Negative results for beta-galactosidase (ONPG), DN-ase, gamma-glutamyl transferase, iodine test (polysaccharide production),
nitrate reduction, tributyrin hydrolysis, acid production from: fructose, lactose, mannose & sucrose.
(c) Costin Stoica