The Identification of Staphylococcus and Micrococcus Species Isolated from Human Skin

  • Wesley E. Kloos


Staphylococci and micrococci represent major groups of bacteria inhibating human skin. The identify of eahc genus and currently recognized species offers challenge to the skin microbiologist that should be rewarding in uncovering the population structure of cutaneous mcrobial communities and in providing s starting point from which to explore adaptive and evoloutionary mechanisms. I believe that the most Human Staphylococcus and Micrococcus species have been discovered and given an appropiate taxonomic status. Perhaps others will be found, especially from unique niches or specially isloated human populations. Schleifer and cowkers 20 (K. H. Schleifer, personal communication) have shown that strains identified as Peptococcus saccharolyticus are actually anaerobic staphylococci which might constitute a new species. Preliminary ecological studies have indicated that the human forehead may carry rather large populations of this organism.14


Human Skin Taxonomic Status Micrococcus Luteus Produce Acetoin Syst Bacteriol 
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