Phylum Actinobacteria, Class Actinobacteria, Order Actinomycetales, Suborder Corynebacterineae, Family Mycobacteriaceae, Genus
Mycobacterium, Mycobacterium litorale Zhang et al. 2012.
Acid-fast rods. Gram-positive. Does not form endospores or conidiospores.
Colonies, after 24-36 hours on Luria-Bertani agar incubation at 37 ºC, are smooth,
light yellow, round, translucent and 2.0-3.0 mm in diameter. Temperature range is 25-
45 ºC. Grows well on LB agar, Sauton’s medium and TSA at 37 ºC. Grows on
MacConkey agar, but not in the presence of 5% w/v NaCl. Aerobic.
Isolated from a soil sample collected from the seashore of Haikou, Hainan Province, China.
Susceptible to cefalotin, amikacin, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, linezolid, tobramycin and sulfamethylisoxazole. Resistant to clarithromycin.
- Zhang Y, Zhang J, Fang C, Pang H, Fan J. Mycobacterium litorale sp. nov., a rapidly growing mycobacterium from soil. Int J Syst
Evol Microbiol 2012; 62:1204-1207.
Positive results for nitrate reduction, thermostable catalase, tellurite reduction, Tween 80 hydrolysis, and urease.
Negative results for arylsulfatase (3 days), beta-glucosidase, semiquantitative catalase test, niacin accumulation and starch
(c) Costin Stoica