Mycobacterium montefiorense

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Mycobacterium montefiorense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. montefiorense
Binomial name
Mycobacterium montefiorense
Levi et al. 2003, ATCC BAA-256

Mycobacterium montefiorense is a species of bacteria which cause granulomatous skin disease of moray eels.[1] Sequence analysis, of the 16S rRNA gene reveals M. montefiorense is most closely related to Mycobacterium triplex, an opportunistic pathogen of humans.[1]

M. montefiorense was named after the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., the medical institution where it was isolated.[1]


M. montefiorense are acid-fast rods which grow on Middlebrook 7H10 media at 25°C to form small, transparent, slow-growing colonies.[1]

M. montefiorense do not grow at temperatures above 30°C.[1]

The strain ATCC BAA-256 = CCUG 51898 = DSM 44602.


M. montefiorense has been demonstrated to cause granulomatous skin disease of moray eels.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Levi, M. H.; Bartell, J.; Gandolfo, L.; Smole, S. C.; Costa, S. F.; Weiss, L. M.; Johnson, L. K.; Osterhout, G.; Herbst, L. H. (2003). "Characterization of Mycobacterium montefiorense sp. nov., a Novel Pathogenic Mycobacterium from Moray Eels That is Related to Mycobacterium triplex". Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 41 (5): 2147–2152. doi:10.1128/JCM.41.5.2147-2152.2003. PMC 154687Freely accessible. PMID 12734264. 

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