Mycobacterium intermedium

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Mycobacterium intermedium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. intermedium
Binomial name
Mycobacterium intermedium
Meier et al. 1993, ATCC 51848

Mycobacterium intermedium 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.

Etymology: Latin; intermedium, meaning between, rapidly and slowly growing mycobacteria.


Gram-positive, and nonmotile acid-fast coccobacilli (2.0 µm x 2.6 µm).

Colony characteristics


Differential characteristics

  • Phylogenetic position between rapidly and slowly growing mycobacteria.
  • M. asiaticum is phenotypically very similar, but can be distinguished by its growth at 22 °C, and by its dysgonic growth.


Type strain[edit]

  • Repeatedly isolated from sputum from a patient with pulmonary disease.

Strain 1669/91 = ATCC 51848 = CCUG 37583 = CIP 104542 = DSM 44049 = JCM 13572


  • Meier et al. 1993. Mycobacterium intermedium sp. nov. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol., 1993, 43, 204-209.

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