(c) Costin Stoica
Phylum Firmicutes, Class Bacilli, Order Bacillales, Family Staphylococcaceae, Genus Salinicoccus, Salinicoccus hispanicus
(Marquez et al. 1990) Ventosa et al. 1993.
Old synonym: Marinococcus hispanicus Marquez et al. 1990.
Gram-positive cocci, 1.0-2.0 μm, occuring singly, in pairs, tetrads or clumps. Non-
Colonies on 10% salt complex medium are round and smooth and form a non-
diffusible, reddish orange pigment. Broth cultures are uniformly turbid. Strictly aerobic.
Hemolysis is produced. Growth occurs at pH 5.0-9.0; optimum at pH 7.5. Moderately
halophilic; Growth occurs in media containing 0.5-25% NaCl; optimum 10% NaCl.
No growth occurs in the absence of NaCl. Grows at 15-37 ºC; optimal growth at 37 ºC.
Isolated from soils and ponds of a solar saltern near Alicante, Spain.
- M. C. Marquez, A. Ventosa, F. Ruiz-Berraquero: Marinococcus hispanicus, a New Species of Moderately Halophilic Gram-Positive
Cocci. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, April 1990 40: 165-169.
- A. Ventosa, M.C. Marquez, N. Weiss , B.J. Tindall: Transfer of Marinococcus hispanicus to the Genus Salinicoccus as Salinicoccus
hispanicus comb. nov. Syst. Appl. Microbiol., 1992, 15, 530-534.
Positive results for catalase, gelatin hydrolysis, methyl red test, nitrates reduction, oxidase, acid production from: fructose, galactose,
glycerol, D-glucose & D-mannitol.
Can utilize as sole carbon and energy sources: D-glucose, D-mannose, L-raffinose, L-rhamnose, ribose, salicin & sucrose.
Negative results for arginine hydrolysis, casein hydrolysis, citrate utilization, H2S production, indole production, lysine decarboxylase,
ornithine decarboxylase, phenylalanine deaminase, Tween 80 hydrolysis, tyrosine hydrolysis, Voges-Proskauer reaction, acid
production from: arabinose, lactose, D-trehalose & xylose.
Variable results for aesculin hydrolysis, DN-ase, starch hydrolysis, ONPG, urease, acid production from: maltose & sucrose.