Mycobacterium diernhoferi

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Mycobacterium diernhoferi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. diernhoferi
Binomial name
Mycobacterium diernhoferi
Tsukamura et al. 1983, ATCC 51304

Mycobacterium diernhoferi is a species of the phylum actinobacteria (Gram-positive bacteria with high guanine and cytosine content, one of the dominant phyla of all bacteria), belonging to the genus mycobacterium.


Gram-positive, nonmotile and acid-fast rods (2-6 µm x 0.5 µm).

Colony characteristics

  • White smooth and non-photochromogenic colonies.


Differential characteristics Belongs to the Mycobacterium parafortuitum complex. Which unifies rapidly growing, scotochromogenic mycobacteria (M. parafortuitum, Mycobacterium aurum, Mycobacterium neoaurum, M. diernhoferi and Mycobacterium austroafricanum).


Type strain[edit]

First isolated from soil in a cattle field (Germany). Strain 41001 = ATCC 19340 = CIP 105384 = DSM 43524 = HAMBI 2269 = IFO (now NBRC) 14756 = JCM 6371.

Further reading[edit]

  • Tsukamura et al. 1983. Numerical taxonomy of rapidly growing, scotochromogenic mycobacteria of the Mycobacterium parafortuitum complex: Mycobacterium austroafricanum sp. nov. and Mycobacterium diernhoferi sp. nov., nom. rev. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol.,33, 460-469.

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