Corynebacterium minutissimum

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Corynebacteriaceae
Genus: Corynebacterium
Species: minutissimum

Corynebacterium minutissimum is a species of Corynebacterium associated with erythrasma,[1] a type of skin rash. It can be distinguished from similar-appearing rashes by exposing the area to the light of a Wood's lamp; C. minutissimum produces porphyrins that fluoresce coral-red.[2]


  1. ^ Dalal A, Likhi R (January 2008). "Corynebacterium minutissimum bacteremia and meningitis: a case report and review of literature". J. Infect. 56 (1): 77–9. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2007.10.006. PMID 18036665. 
  2. ^ Habif, Thomas R. Clinical Dermatology (4th ed.). Mosby. p. 419. ISBN 0-323-01319-8.