Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Gammaproteobacteria, Order Vibrionales, Family Vibrionaceae, Genus Vibrio, Vibrio tapetis Borrego,
Castro, Luque, Paillard, Maes, Garcia and Ventosa 1996.
Old synonym: Vibrio sp. P1.
Gram-negative rods, 1.0 to 1.5 by 0.5 µm) motile by a single polar flagellum. Not
swarming on complex media. Nonspore-forming. No luminescence.
Grows at 4-22 ºC with optimum growth at 22 ºC. Grows on marine agar and tryptone
soya agar containing 2% NaCl. Grows in media supplemented with 1 to 3% (wt/vol)
NaCl but not higher than 5% NaCl. No growth in the absence of NaCl. Facultatively
anaerobic. Colonies are circular, translucent, nonpigmented on marine agar and
green on TCBS agar (thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose agar).
Isolated from wild and cultured clams.
The type strain was isolated from cultured manila clam (Tapes philippinarum), Landeda, France. Causes brown ring disease in
several species of wild and cultured clams.
- 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.
- Borrego, Juan J., Castro, Dolores, Luque, Antonio, Paillard, Christine, Maes, Philippe, Garcia, Maria T., Ventosa, Antonio: Vibrio
tapetis sp. nov., the Causative Agent of the Brown Ring Disease Affecting Cultured Clams. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1996 46: 480-484.
Susceptible to vibriostatic compound O/129.
Positive results for nitrate reduction to nitrite, oxidase, catalase, lipase, ONPG test, gelatin hydrolysis (1% NaCl, 22 °C), acid
production from: D-glucose, maltose, D-mannose & trehalose.
Can utilize D-mannose, N- acetylglucosamine, D-glucose, D-fructose
Negative results for Voges-Proskauer (1%NaCl), H2S production, urea hydrolysis, arginine (1% NaCl), lysine (1% NaCl), ornithine
(1% NaCl), esculin hydrolysis, gas production from D-glucose, acid production from, D-adonitol, L-arabinose, D-arabitol, cellobiose,
dulcitol, D-galactose, glycerol, myo-inositol, lactose, D-mannitol, melibiose, raffinose, L-rhamnose, salicin, D-sorbitol, sucrose &
Negative for the utilization of acetate, aconitate, D-alanine, L-alanine, y-amninobutyrate, amygdalin, L-arabinose, L- aspartate,
cellobiose, citrate, D-galactose, D-galacturonate, D-gluconate, D-glucuronate, L-glutamate, glycerol, glycine, L-histidine,
beta-hydroxybutyrate, myo-inositol, alpha-ketoglutarate, DL-lactate, lactose, L-leucine, DL-malate, maltose, D-mannitol, melibiose,
L-ornithine, L-proline, putrescine, pyruvate, quinate, L-rhamnose, L-serine, D-sorbitol, sucrose & L-threonine.
(c) Costin Stoica