Aliivibrio fischeri
Cultural characteristics
Biochemical characters
Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Gammaproteobacteria, Order Vibrionales, Family Vibrionaceae, Genus Vibrio, Vibrio fischeri  
(Beijerinck 1889) Lehmann and Neumann 1896 (Photobacterium fischeri Beijerinck 1889). Moved to Genus Aliivibrio Urbanczyk et al.
2007 emend. Beaz-Hidalgo et al. 2010.
Historical synonyms: Einheimischer Leuchtbacillus Fischer 1888, Bacillus fischeri (Beijerinck) Trevisan 1889, Bacillus
phosphorescens indigenus
Eisenberg 1891, Spirillum marinum Russell 1892, Bacterium phosphorescens indigenus (Eisenberg)
Chester 1897,
Microspira marina (Russell) Migula 1900, Microspira fischeri (Beijerinck) Chester 1901, Vibrio marinus (Russell) Ford
Achromobacter fischeri (Beijerinck) Bergey et al. 1930, Vibrio noctiluca Weisglass & Skreb 1963.
Gram-negative, straight rods, motile, presenting 3-12 flagella. Some strains are
monotrichous. No lateral flagella produced on solid media. No swarming on complex
Produces a cell-associated yellow-orange pigment. Luminescence is not a constant
feature. Variable growth in nutrient broth with: 1% & 6% NaCl. No growth in 0%, 8%,
10% or 12% NaCl medium. Growth temperature 25-35 ºC.No growth at 4 or 40 ºC.
Facultatively anaerobic. Nonhemolytic on horse blood agar.
Isolated from seawater and marine animals. Sensible to O/129 vibriostatic agent (10 & 150 µg). Resistant to carbenicillin (100 µg)
and ampicillin (10 µg).
Nonpathogenic. Has developed a symbiotic association with the bobtail sepiolid squid, Euprymna scolopes.
  1. J.J. Farmer, M. Janda, 2004. Family I. Vibrionaceae. In:  Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Second edition,Vol two, part
    B, George M. Garrity (Editor-in-Chief), pp. 491-546.
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    Determinative Bacteriology, 9-th edition, Williams & Wilkins. pp. 190-194.
  3. J. M. Shewan and M. Veron, 1974.Genus I. Vibrio.In.: Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, Eighth Edition, R. E.
    Buchanan and N.E.Gibbons (Editors), The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 340-345.
  4. Urbanczyk, Henryk, Ast, Jennifer C., Higgins, Melissa J., Carson, Jeremy, Dunlap, Paul V. Reclassification of Vibrio fischeri, Vibrio
    logei, Vibrio salmonicida and Vibrio wodanis as Aliivibrio fischeri gen. nov., comb. nov., Aliivibrio logei comb. nov., Aliivibrio  
    salmonicida comb. nov. and Aliivibrio wodanis comb. nov. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2007 57: 2823-2829.
  5. Roxana Beaz-Hidalgo, Alejandra Doce, Sabela Balboa, Juan L. Barja, and Jesus L. Romalde:  Aliivibrio finisterrensis sp. nov.,
    isolated from Manila clam, Ruditapes philippinarum and emended description of the genus Aliivibrio. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol
    January 2010 60:223-228.
Positive results for lysine (1% NaCl) (variable after 2 days and positive after 7 days),  
cellobiose, D-galactose, maltose, D-mannose, oxidase, lipase & urea hydrolysis.

Negative for methyl red test, indole production (Heart Infusion Broth, 1% NaCl), Voges-Proskauer (1%NaCl), arginine (1% NaCl),
ornithine (1% NaCl), gelatin hydrolysis (1%NaCl, 22 ºC), ONPG, esculin hydrolysis, gas production from D-glucose, acid production
from: D-adonitol, L-arabinose, D-arabitol, dulcitol, myo - inositol, lactose, melibiose, raffinose, L-rhamnose, D-sorbitol, sucrose,
trehalose, D-xylose & glycerol.

Variable results for citrate utilization (Simmons), acid production from D-glucose, D-mannitol,  salicin & nitrate reduction to nitrite.
(c) Costin Stoica
Culture media
Biochemical tests
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